Consumer group sues Aetna, says policy discriminates against HIV patients

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    Dec 26, 2014 4:41 PM GMT
    Consumer group sues Aetna, says policy discriminates against HIV patients


    "Consumer Watchdog filed the lawsuit Dec. 19 in federal court in San Diego. It says sending the drugs through the mail puts privacy at risk because packages could end up at the wrong address or be seen by others. It also says the mail is not a reliable way to ensure people get their medications on time.

    The group alleges the policy also violates the federal health care law because it discourages people with HIV and AIDS from signing up for the company’s insurance."

    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2014/12/consumer-group-sues-aetna-says-policy-discriminates-against-hiv-patients/
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    Dec 26, 2014 5:19 PM GMT
    A silly issue that nut cases on the left and right have been raising in the last couple of weeks. Could big pharmacy chains be behind it?

    My parents got all their meds via mail order through the VA. It was easy, efficient, and cheap. In an emergency, we could go through local suppliers, but sometimes had to pay big bucks for it. The only problem with the system was that sometimes a prescription wouldn't come in time, and usually that boiled down to Mom forgetting to re-order it until after it had run out. Then not telling anybody about it. icon_rolleyes.gif Which would set up a cascading failure that sometimes led to the emergency room.
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    Dec 26, 2014 5:34 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidA silly issue that nut cases on the left and right have been raising in the last couple of weeks. Could big pharmacy chains be behind it?

    My parents got all their meds via mail order through the VA. It was easy, efficient, and cheap. In an emergency, we could go through local suppliers, but sometimes had to pay big bucks for it. The only problem with the system was that sometimes a prescription wouldn't come in time, and usually that boiled down to Mom forgetting to re-order it until after it had run out. Then not telling anybody about it. icon_rolleyes.gif Which would set up a cascading failure that sometimes led to the emergency room.

    I also got my meds from the VA through the mail for several years. I likewise got my hearing aid batteries by mail from the VA. But reliability issues made me not trust their system, and so I went civilian (yet still at no cost to me).

    But there was no marking on the VA mailers that indicated what prescriptions were inside, although I'm sure the postal handlers recognized those white VA bags were med shipments. You could feel the bottles through the plastic.

    I suppose one could make a case that mailed prescriptions could be delivered to the wrong party, compromising confidential medical information about the patient. But if that's true, then the VA should also stop their practice, which benefits disabled & elderly veterans who are largely shut-ins.

    So on first glance this action against Aetna seems a bit lame to me.
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    Dec 26, 2014 9:27 PM GMT
    Oh, if the prescription contained "controlled substances" someone had to be present to physically sign for them. Not sure that pertains to any HIV meds?
    Eventually Mom could either not hear anyone at the door or couldn't get to the door in time, so I'd end up driving to the post office the next day to pick them up.