PrEP HIV Prevention Pills to Be Free for Insured Americans

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By Robert Preidt and Robin Foster
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, July 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly each wellness insurers indispensable screen the full outgo of HIV prevention treatments, the U.S. authorities says.

That includes the 2 approved pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drugs Truvada and Descovy, each session visits and laboratory tests, NBC News reported.

The guidance, issued this week by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, on with the Department of Labor and the Department of the Treasury, means that a medicine for Truvada and Descovy should present beryllium escaped for astir each insured people.

Insurers, which were required to halt charging out-of-pocket fees for PrEP arsenic of Jan. 1, person 60 days to comply with the latest rules, NBC News reported.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force granted PrEP an "A" standing successful 2019. Under the Affordable Care Act, that means the preventive attraction indispensable beryllium covered by astir each insurers astatine nary outgo to the patient.

HIV prevention advocates said Tuesday the caller guidance was a crippled changer.

"While we request authorities Medicaid authorities and departments of security to travel done connected implementation, this memo from the national authorities virtually made maine leap for joy," Jim Pickett, elder manager of prevention advocacy and cheery men's wellness astatine AIDS Foundation Chicago, told NBC News. "This has the imaginable to hitch retired galore of the entree obstacles we look with PrEP provision. I look guardant to extremist improvements successful PrEP access, peculiarly for the communities who are astir susceptible to HIV."

Still, Carl Schmid, enforcement manager of the HIV+Hepatitis Policy Institute, told NBC News that galore insurers are inactive not complying with the January regularisation indicating they cannot complaint patients for their Truvada oregon Descovy prescriptions.

Robert Greenwald, a objective prof of instrumentality astatine Harvard Law School, told NBC News that helium plans to "work to enforce the caller guidelines and guarantee that the committedness of this escaped preventive work to trim the acquisition of HIV volition beryllium realized."

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SOURCE: NBC News

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