On September 29, 2010, CHLP joined primary drafters HIV Law Project and WORLD/PWN in comments to the Department of Health and Human Services' Center for Medicare and Medicad Services on a proposed rule to define the terms of a new Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Program that is a key element of the Obama administration's health care reform law. While many people currently excluded from private insurance will be able to secure coverage through these plans, there are several aspects of the program rules which threaten to make the plans inaccessible or inadequate for many people living with HIV, particularly women. In written comments also endorsed by AIDS Alabama, CHAMP and the Women's HIV Collaborative of New York., advocates identified several provisions in need of change: prohibitively high premium costs, restrictions on coverage of abortion and other reproductive health services, a mandatory six-month waiting period, the exclusion of HIV as a "presumed eligible" condition for plan eligibility, and an inadequate process for appealing denials of coverage.
The Center for HIV Law and Policy challenges barriers to the rights and health of people affected by HIV through legal advocacy, high-impact policy initiatives, and creation of cross-issue partnerships, networks and resources. We support movement building that amplifies the power of individuals and communities to mobilize for change that is rooted in racial, gender and economic justice.