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Three Louisiana Health Insurers Will Continue Accepting Federal Subsidies for Policyholders With HIV/AIDS

March 12, 2014

This article was reported by the Times-Picayune.

The Times-Picayune reported that three Louisiana insurers -- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBS), Louisiana Health Cooperative Inc., and Vantage Health Plan -- agreed on March 10 to continue accepting third-party payments until November 2014, when 2015 annual enrollment for the healthcare marketplace would begin. The agreement followed a federal lawsuit filed on February 20, 2014, by a 30-year-old HIV-positive man who relied on the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program to pay for his monthly BCBS health insurance premiums. The suit, filed by Lambda Legal Senior Attorney and HIV Project Director Scott Schoettes, alleged that the insurance companies' refusal to accept third-party payment for premiums was "inherently discriminatory against people who rely on federal subsidies." The new policy would force those individuals to pay out of pocket or to give up their insurance.

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