NZ ahead of the pack in funding revolutionary HIV-prevention drug PrEP
NZ ahead of the pack in funding revolutionary HIV-prevention drug PrEP
Publix to Now Give PrEP Insurance Coverage
09 February, 2018, 08:26
"Together with safe sex practise, early diagnosis and access to treatment, we expect that PrEP will significantly reduce HIV transmission rates in New Zealand", Pharmac chief executive Sarah Fitt said.
But while PrEP is "critically important", it was not the solution and only one part of many elements required to achieve the ultimate goal of eliminating HIV by 2020, Mr O'Donnell said.
While denying coverage of PrEP is not illegal, Smith said Publix's old policy left it vulnerable to privacy lawsuits.
I met with @Publix's government relations team about their refusal to offer insurance coverage for PrEP, the HIV prevention pill for their employees. In 2012, the Human Rights Board of Broward County, Florida made Publix pay $100,000 to a gay baker they'd allegedly fired for being gay.
Publix, one of the largest supermarket chains in the country, made headlines last week when it was revealed it refused to cover PrEP in its employee health insurance plan. "We are working with our pharmacy benefits manager to implement this change". "Publix has locations predominantly in the South, where HIV disproportionately affects the population, making this decision all the more impactful and necessary. We hope this decision by Publix will inspire other large employers to think seriously about ensuring that their health plans address all employees' needs", said in a statement.
The average lifetime cost of treating a person who becomes HIV positive at 35 is $449,000, and that doesn't include treating anyone else the person might infect, according to Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He said he is unaware of any other large employer refusing to cover Truvada for PrEP.
Publix also said in the meeting they also were waiting on a formal recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
The former employee told the AP last week that he left Publix at the end of 2016 after being with the company for a year, primarily over the drug issue.
"The reason why is none of Publix's damn business", he added.
Following the meeting, he said the company - which employes almost a quarter million people - was "actively re-evaluating" its stance. The openly gay lawmaker said within 24 hours, it had reversed its policy. After Monday's meeting, Smith turned to social media to gauge the interest from his followers.
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