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AHF: Anthem Denies Care to Florida AIDS Patients—Miami PROTEST-Tues., Feb. 12th 11:00 am

February 12, 2019

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 11, 2019--One hundred HIV/AIDS advocates from across the region will come out on Tuesday, February 12 th at 11:00am to protest Anthem Insurance Company’s ongoing denial of insurance coverage to individuals living with HIV that are receiving care from doctors they trust at healthcare centers operated by the nonprofit, AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ). The protest will take place at the offices of Simply Healthcare dba Clear Health Alliance, (9250 W. Flagler Street, Miami), a subsidiary of Anthem in South Florida, that administers the Medicaid managed healthcare plan in South Florida.

Following several attempts by AHF officials, as recent as last week, to reach an agreement with Anthem to ensure access to their HIV+ expert AHF doctors for close to 2,000 individuals living with HIV, Anthem has continued to deny this lifesaving access.

Following President Trump’s national commitment to eradicate HIV in the U.S. within 10 years, stated during his State of the Union address, Anthem’s denial of HIV primary care insurance access to HIV care for patients in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, the epicenter of the HIV epidemic in the country, is counter-productive to comprehensively addressing this devastating epidemic. This action by Anthem removes patients’ choice in continuing with doctors they have come to trust and will directly result in a disruption to their care. AHF has made state officials at Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) aware of this issue, and they have continued to support Anthem’s actions.

“It is deplorable that Anthem has chosen to play with the lives of thousands of individuals living with HIV, and deny them the ability to continue with the doctors they trust,” stated Michael Kahane, AHF Southern Bureau Chief. “We demand that Anthem and state officials stop playing politics and cushioning the pockets of Anthem executives and put the lives of HIV patients first!”

Facts about HIV in Florida: (According to the Florida Department of Health)

In 2016, Florida had an HIV case rate of 24.0 per 100,000 people which places the state at the third highest among states with the top 10 highest rates. Florida’s case rate was higher than the US average case rate of 12.3 per 100,000 people. Miami, FL and Ft. Lauderdale, FL take the top two rankings for metropolitan statistical areas with case rates of 47.0 and 40.1 respectively.

About AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 1,000,000 individuals in 43 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare

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CONTACT: FLORIDA:

Imara Canady, National Director, Communications, AHF

954-952-0258 - cell

imara.canady@aidshealth.orgNATIONAL:

Ged Kenslea, Senior Director, Communications, AHF

+1.323.308.1833 work

+1.323.791.5526 cell

gedk@aidshealth.orgMarin Austin, Director of Communications, AHF

323-333-7754 cell

marin.austin@aidshealth.org

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA FLORIDA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: OTHER CONSUMER HEALTH AIDS INFECTIOUS DISEASES PUBLIC POLICY/GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE REFORM OTHER POLICY ISSUES STATE/LOCAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES INSURANCE CONSUMER

SOURCE: AIDS Healthcare Foundation

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