Congress Lifts Ending HIV Epidemic Initiative Funding by $100 Million: Minimal Increase for CDC Hepatitis Activities

Congressional appropriators have released the final FY2023 appropriations bill and have increased funding for the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. initiative by $100 million for a total of $613 million, according to the Appropriations Committee. While far short of the $330 million increase proposed in President Biden’s budget, it does provide increases to ramp up domestic HIV testing, prevention, and treatment programs in order to end HIV.

HIV Organizations File Discrimination Complaints Against North Carolina Blue Cross Blue Shield

HIV+Hep & NCAAN filed ACA discrimination complaints against North Carolina Blue Cross/Blue Shield for placing almost all HIV drugs, including generics like PrEP, on the highest drug tiers. The complaints were filed with the North Carolina Department of Insurance and the US HHS Office of Civil Rights.

HIV+Hep releases report detailing funding needed to increase PrEP uptake

The HIV+Hepatitis Policy Institute has released a report modeling the resources needed to fund a national PrEP program to cover the cost of medications, associated labs, and prescriber time for the uninsured along with necessary provider and community outreach to increase uptake, estimating the cost at $521 million for the first year and $6.18 billion over ten years.

Patient groups file suit to end policy that prohibits copay assistance from counting toward patients' out-of-pocket spending

The HIV+Hepatitis Policy Insite, the Diabetes Leadership Council, and the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging a federal rule that allows health insurers and pharmacy benefits managers to avoid counting drug manufacturer copay assistance toward patients’ out-of-pocket cost obligations. Due to increased deductibles and cost-sharing requirements, patients rely on copay assistance to help them afford their prescription drugs.

Ending Hepatitis is something we can all do every day

“To end infectious diseases, we always need more scientific advances, but it is going to take a strategic, coordinated, & resourced public health response. Fortunately, we now have national strategic plans to end several infectious diseases including viral hepatitis, HIV, & STIs. A strength included in all the plans is a reliance on taking a syndemic approach to these often intersecting epidemics. Together we can get to the finish line faster.”

Federal Government Issues Guidance to Insurers on Coverage of HIV Prevention Drugs

The federal government issued guidance to insurers to remind them of their obligation to cover pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which are drugs that prevent HIV, at no cost to their beneficiaries. The guidance, in the form of an FAQ, also clarifies that associated services with PrEP, such as provider visits and HIV, hepatitis, and STD testing along with other laboratory tests, must also be covered with no patient cost-sharing.

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Promote necessary funding, programs, and policies to end viral hepatitis in the United States

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Promote necessary funding, programs, and policies to end viral hepatitis in the United States

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“Insurance companies should not require patients to take medications that might have severe side effects or make their condition worse, especially when a proven treatment is available,” says @SenatorHassan #safestepact #steptherapyreform https://t.co/I1O0qwyBRx https://t.co/VazcxaxRRI HIVHep photo
The USPSTF issued an updated grade “A” #PrEP recommendation that now includes #long-acting #injectable PrEP & necessary lab testing. @HIVHep strongly supports this recommendation. Now providers need to follow it & offer #PrEP to those who can benefit: https://t.co/wjtCPBSN0j https://t.co/aROoBzdnUD HIVHep photo
@HIVHep @AutoimmuneAssoc & 48 patient orgs commented to @CMSGov on ways to improve the essential health benefits system by prohibiting #insurers from designating #Rx non-essential or taking them off-formulary & requiring patients to seek alternate funding: https://t.co/Uu4pygXwvJ https://t.co/lc6RzGb9vI HIVHep photo
Today, I’m reintroducing my National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day resolution to raise awareness to the disproportionate impact of HIV on Black communities.

Together, we can end HIV stigma, discrimination, and criminalization and achieve the first AIDS-free generation. https://t.co/xCm0yX9E1e
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Mayor Bowser and DC Health Highlight Resources for Residents on Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day | doh https://t.co/5QIDfISkkl
HIV advocates call plans from insurer Blue Cross NC ‘discriminatory’ https://t.co/kO8l87BjAB via @NCHealthNews

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