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Fenway Health statement on Texas decision allowing employers to deny lifesaving PrEP insurance coverage – InsuranceNewsNet

BOSTON (PRWEB) September 09, 2022

This week a United States District Court judge in Texas ruled that the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that health insurance plans cover pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) violates the religious rights of employers.

PrEP is a life-saving drug that stops HIV from replicating in the body. This is a very effective approach to preventing HIV transmission that has been endorsed by the Food and drug administration in 2012 and was recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 2014 as a treatment for people at high risk of HIV infection. Fenway Health the researchers were part of a world team who developed PrEP as an HIV prevention tool, and our providers prescribe PrEP to everyone who needs and wants it.

This decision comes only a few months after the United States Supreme Court found that there is no constitutional right to abortion, effectively making this medical procedure out of reach for millions of people. Only 11 states in the country currently have laws that protect the right to abortion. In March, Arizona became the latest state to block access to gender-affirming health care for transgender and gender-diverse children and youth. Many other state legislatures are considering similar bans.

These legal and legislative barriers to medically necessary care harm the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. These laws have a disproportionate impact on people who are BIPOC, cisgender women, and/or people who receive their health care through Medicaid.

Fenway Health was founded on the principle that health care is a right, not a privilege. We are as committed to this fundamental belief today as we were when we were founded over fifty years ago. We will continue to do everything in our power to ensure that the people who rely on us – and around the world – have access to the health care they need.

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