Health Care and Insurance Issues
Materials in this category include journal and other articles on issues and developments in HIV care; compilations of cases, statutes, regulations, and guidelines, such as those governing the treatment of HIV-positive health care workers or standards for use of therapies; pleadings and briefs on topics such as denials of care on the basis of HIV status; court decisions; and training materials related to access to care, patient attitudes, and other topics relevant to the science, statistics, and polices that affect access and coverage of health care for people with HIV.
The Health Care Experiences of Women with HIV/AIDS: Insights from a Focus Group, Henry Kaiser Family Foundation
The Kaiser Family Foundation commissioned this racially diverse group study of lower-income women with HIV/AIDS in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Miami, and Savannah to hear directly from them about their lives and the challenges they face in obtaining a full-range of health care services. The specific issues addressed were barriers to receiving care, interactions with the health care system, relationships with providers, challenges unique to women, knowledge level about their illness, effects of HIV/AIDS on other aspects of their lives, and the information they need and sources they trust. Ideas for improving access to quality health care were distilled from the women’s insights. Click here to download.
Rose v. Cahee, Complaint
An HIV-positive woman who was denied needed surgery on the basis of her HIV status filed this complaint, authored by Lambda Legal, against the medical provider, alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and various state laws. The woman, who was incarcerated in a Wisconsin correctional facility, required surgery to have her gallbladder removed and was sent by the facility’s primary care physician to an outside clinic for evaluation and treatment. The surgeon at the clinic refused to perform the surgery because, according to the surgeon, of the risk of HIV infection to the surgeon and his staff. The woman did eventually have the required surgery performed by a surgeon at another facility three months later. However, the original clinic was regularly relied on by the correctional facility for treatment of its inmates, as it was likely to be in the future. The complaint, filed in February 2009, seeks an order preventing the clinic from discriminating against the woman, monetary damages, and attorney’s fees.
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THE FINE PRINT
The Proposed HHS Rule for Health Care Providers: When "Conscience" is Code for Intolerance
by Alison Mehlman
CHLP Director of Planning and Policy Research
The introductory language accompanying the proposed rule explicitly states that the regulation "does not limit patient access to health care." But how can it not? More