LGBT Weekly: AHF: Florida Insurance Commissioner McCarty announces improved nationwide access to HIV medications

LGBT Weekly: AHF: Florida Insurance Commissioner McCarty announces improved nationwide access to HIV medications

By Steve Lee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin M. McCarty announced this week that Aetna, Inc. and Coventry Health Care of Florida, Inc. are revising their HIV/AIDS drug formularies for individual health plan members. The new change means a majority of HIV drugs currently labeled as specialty drugs in the highest cost tier of the drug formulary are being reclassified as either generic or non-preferred brand drugs and moved into the lower cost tiers.

Effective June 1, individual health plan members of these two insurers will be able to purchase oral HIV drugs as generic or non-preferred brands, resulting in reduced costs and better access to these important medications. This coverage will also extend to individual health plan members in 2016 and extend geographically throughout the United States, and not just in Florida, according to sources contacted at Aetna. Read the full article here. »

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