United Healthcare to Settle HIV Mail-Order Meds LawsuitHIV-positive people may soon be able to opt out of United Healthcare’s “specialty” mail-order pharmacy program, as a class action settlement against the nation’s largest insurance provider enters into its final stages in court. The lawsuit alleges that OptumRX seriously violated both privacy and discrimination laws for people living with HIV.

United Healthcare to Settle HIV Mail-Order Meds Lawsuit

HIV-positive people may soon be able to opt out of United Healthcare’s “specialty” mail-order pharmacy program, as a class action settlement against the nation’s largest insurance provider enters into its final stages in court.

The lawsuit alleges that OptumRX seriously violated both privacy and discrimination laws for people living with HIV.

Specialty Pharmacies Unscripted
by Larry Kramer 
The founder of ACT UP fights back after being told he couldn’t use his pharmacy of choice.
On November 19, I received a curt letter from Empire BlueCross BlueShield, which has insured me since I worked as a trainee at Columbia Pictures in 1958 or so.“Our records show that you are getting the medicines(s) listed below from a retail pharmacy. It is important to note that beginning 01/01/2013, your medicine must be filled through our specialty pharmacy, CuraScript … If you stay with your retail pharmacy, the medicine won’t be covered.” Enclosed was a list of most of my anti-HIV and hepatitis B drugs that I am taking. It is a complicated list. Over the years, I’ve had a lot of complicated illnesses. My pharmacist at Bigelow knows me and my list and my doctors well. I rushed over to show the letter to Bruce, who shook his head sadly. “It’s happening all over the place.” Bigelow is the oldest apothecary in America. I asked him, “But why are you being punished, instead of the greedy drug companies? Why am I being punished?” OK, we’ve been here before.
Read more: http://www.poz.com/articles/larry_kramer_curascript_2676_23317.shtml

Specialty Pharmacies Unscripted

by Larry Kramer

The founder of ACT UP fights back after being told he couldn’t use his pharmacy of choice.

On November 19, I received a curt letter from Empire BlueCross BlueShield, which has insured me since I worked as a trainee at Columbia Pictures in 1958 or so.

“Our records show that you are getting the medicines(s) listed below from a retail pharmacy. It is important to note that beginning 01/01/2013, your medicine must be filled through our specialty pharmacy, CuraScript … If you stay with your retail pharmacy, the medicine won’t be covered.”

Enclosed was a list of most of my anti-HIV and hepatitis B drugs that I am taking. It is a complicated list. Over the years, I’ve had a lot of complicated illnesses. My pharmacist at Bigelow knows me and my list and my doctors well. I rushed over to show the letter to Bruce, who shook his head sadly. “It’s happening all over the place.” Bigelow is the oldest apothecary in America. I asked him, “But why are you being punished, instead of the greedy drug companies? Why am I being punished?” OK, we’ve been here before.

Read more: http://www.poz.com/articles/larry_kramer_curascript_2676_23317.shtml