|Employer denied work due to one HIV+ employee
Jul 18, 2001
I am the HR Manager of a home health company with about 100 employees. Our current health insurance carrier is leaving our state so we must find new coverage. An employee shared with me that he is HIV+. As I complete applications for quotes from new insurance carriers, they state that I must disclose any health conditions of which I am aware so I have noted that we have an HIV+ employee. EVERY SINGLE HEALTH INSURANCE CARRIER HAS REFUSED TO EVEN GIVE US A QUOTE!!!! This is so unfair - they are discriminating against our employee and our group. I would never dream of discriminating against our employee but the health insurance industry can. I am now forced to explore other more costly alternatives (namely self-insurance). All of our employees will now have to pay a much higher premium due to the health condition of one employee. Is there anything in the works to prevent health insurance companies from discriminating like this? Is there anything I can do right now to help my situation? Any other advice? Thanks.
Response from Mr. Berg
Boy, that's areally rotten situation. Unfortunately, insurance laws are set by each state. Check with you Department of insurance for any group laws or anti-HIV discrimination statutes. Your local AIDS Service Organization may have a polical action group up on legislature. For basic information, check out www.healthinsuranceinfo.net. You can find many state contacts at www.piperinfo.com/state/index.cfm and state news at www.statline.org.
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