Aetna changes plan amid HIV drug complaint

Author: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Aetna has agreed to change its prescription drug policy to ensure that Florida consumers with HIV and AIDS can access their medications at lower costs.

Friday’s announcement followed complaints last year alleging that Aetna and three other insurance companies are violating the Affordable Care Act by structuring their Florida insurance plans to discourage consumers with HIV and AIDS from choosing those plans. The companies were placing drugs in special categories requiring patients to pay expensive co-insurance instead of a flat co-pay.

The HIV and AIDS drugs will be moved into a lower cost category in June. The decision also affects Aetna’s health plans sold by Coventry.

Humana, Cigna and Preferred Medical Plan announced similar changes last year.

Florida health insurance officials have been reviewing health plans and negotiating with insurance companies since receiving the complaints.

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