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December 01, 2022 - Harrisburg, PA

Insurance Department Highlights Importance of HIV PrEP Medication for HIV Prevention, Coverage under the Affordable Care Act

On World AIDS Day, Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) Policy Director Katie Merritt joined representatives from the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs and Hamilton Health Center to highlight the importance of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, medication for HIV prevention, and to detail insurance coverage of the drugs under the Affordable Care Act.

"We want to remind consumers that the federal government requires most insurers to cover HIV PrEP medication at zero cost to the consumer, if the consumer is at high risk of HIV acquisition," said Merritt. "Nobody should ever forgo medically necessary preventive medication or services because of cost, and the department is committed to ensuring that all health insurance plans under its jurisdiction are following the requirements to cover PrEP and related services without cost sharing."

"Zero-cost" means that the consumer will not be charged an out of pocket copayment, deductible or coinsurance for these drugs. Tests, doctor visits, and other services directly related to obtaining PrEP and included in the PrEP billing, should also be covered with no out of pocket cost to the consumer.

Speakers Include:
Katie Merritt, Policy Director, Pennsylvania Insurance Department
Dr. Arthur Williams, Adult Medicine Director/HIV Specialist, Hamilton Health Center
Alexandria Gannett, HIV and Reproductive Services Director, Hamilton Health Center
Dr. Katharine Dalke, PA Commission on LGBTQ Affairs



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22398_Insurance_HIVPrepMed_ED_01.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>On World AIDS Day, Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) Policy Director Katie Merritt joined representatives from the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs and Hamilton Health Center to highlight the importance of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, medication for HIV prevention, and to detail insurance coverage of the drugs under the Affordable Care Act. ..We want to remind consumers that the federal government requires most insurers to cover HIV PrEP medication at zero cost to the consumer, if the consumer is at high risk of HIV acquisition, said Merritt. Nobody should ever forgo medically necessary preventive medication or services because of cost, and the department is committed to ensuring that all health insurance plans under its jurisdiction are following the requirements to cover PrEP and related services without cost sharing.. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22398_Insurance_HIVPrepMed_ED_02.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>On World AIDS Day, Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) Policy Director Katie Merritt joined representatives from the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs and Hamilton Health Center to highlight the importance of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, medication for HIV prevention, and to detail insurance coverage of the drugs under the Affordable Care Act. ..We want to remind consumers that the federal government requires most insurers to cover HIV PrEP medication at zero cost to the consumer, if the consumer is at high risk of HIV acquisition, said Merritt. Nobody should ever forgo medically necessary preventive medication or services because of cost, and the department is committed to ensuring that all health insurance plans under its jurisdiction are following the requirements to cover PrEP and related services without cost sharing.. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22398_Insurance_HIVPrepMed_ED_03.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>On World AIDS Day, Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) Policy Director Katie Merritt joined representatives from the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs and Hamilton Health Center to highlight the importance of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, medication for HIV prevention, and to detail insurance coverage of the drugs under the Affordable Care Act. ..We want to remind consumers that the federal government requires most insurers to cover HIV PrEP medication at zero cost to the consumer, if the consumer is at high risk of HIV acquisition, said Merritt. Nobody should ever forgo medically necessary preventive medication or services because of cost, and the department is committed to ensuring that all health insurance plans under its jurisdiction are following the requirements to cover PrEP and related services without cost sharing.. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22398_Insurance_HIVPrepMed_ED_04.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>On World AIDS Day, Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) Policy Director Katie Merritt joined representatives from the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs and Hamilton Health Center to highlight the importance of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, medication for HIV prevention, and to detail insurance coverage of the drugs under the Affordable Care Act. ..We want to remind consumers that the federal government requires most insurers to cover HIV PrEP medication at zero cost to the consumer, if the consumer is at high risk of HIV acquisition, said Merritt. Nobody should ever forgo medically necessary preventive medication or services because of cost, and the department is committed to ensuring that all health insurance plans under its jurisdiction are following the requirements to cover PrEP and related services without cost sharing.. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22398_Insurance_HIVPrepMed_ED_05.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>On World AIDS Day, Dr. Arthur Williams, Adult Medicine Director/HIV Specialist with the Hamilton Health Center joined Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) Policy Director Katie Merritt and representatives from the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs and Hamilton Health Center to highlight the importance of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, medication for HIV prevention, and to detail insurance coverage of the drugs under the Affordable Care Act. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22398_Insurance_HIVPrepMed_ED_06.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>On World AIDS Day, Dr. Arthur Williams, Adult Medicine Director/HIV Specialist with the Hamilton Health Center joined Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) Policy Director Katie Merritt and representatives from the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs and Hamilton Health Center to highlight the importance of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, medication for HIV prevention, and to detail insurance coverage of the drugs under the Affordable Care Act. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22398_Insurance_HIVPrepMed_ED_07.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>On World AIDS Day, Dr. Arthur Williams, Adult Medicine Director/HIV Specialist with the Hamilton Health Center joined Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) Policy Director Katie Merritt and representatives from the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs and Hamilton Health Center to highlight the importance of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, medication for HIV prevention, and to detail insurance coverage of the drugs under the Affordable Care Act. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22398_Insurance_HIVPrepMed_ED_08.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>On World AIDS Day, Dr. Arthur Williams, Adult Medicine Director/HIV Specialist with the Hamilton Health Center joined Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) Policy Director Katie Merritt and representatives from the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs and Hamilton Health Center to highlight the importance of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, medication for HIV prevention, and to detail insurance coverage of the drugs under the Affordable Care Act. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22398_Insurance_HIVPrepMed_ED_09.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>On World AIDS Day, Alexandria Gannett, HIV and Reproductive Services Director with the Hamilton Health Center joined Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) Policy Director Katie Merritt and representatives from the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs and Hamilton Health Center to highlight the importance of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, medication for HIV prevention, and to detail insurance coverage of the drugs under the Affordable Care Act. ..As Hamilton Health Center is set to launch prevention programming in February 2023 that includes PrEP navigation and clinical care, we are thankful that PrEP is covered by insurance in our state, said Alexandria Gannett. This ensures that our most vulnerable patients will have access to this life-saving preventative medication.. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22398_Insurance_HIVPrepMed_ED_10.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>On World AIDS Day, Alexandria Gannett, HIV and Reproductive Services Director with the Hamilton Health Center joined Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) Policy Director Katie Merritt and representatives from the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs and Hamilton Health Center to highlight the importance of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, medication for HIV prevention, and to detail insurance coverage of the drugs under the Affordable Care Act. ..As Hamilton Health Center is set to launch prevention programming in February 2023 that includes PrEP navigation and clinical care, we are thankful that PrEP is covered by insurance in our state, said Alexandria Gannett. This ensures that our most vulnerable patients will have access to this life-saving preventative medication.. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22398_Insurance_HIVPrepMed_ED_11.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>On World AIDS Day, Alexandria Gannett, HIV and Reproductive Services Director with the Hamilton Health Center joined Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) Policy Director Katie Merritt and representatives from the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs and Hamilton Health Center to highlight the importance of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, medication for HIV prevention, and to detail insurance coverage of the drugs under the Affordable Care Act. ..As Hamilton Health Center is set to launch prevention programming in February 2023 that includes PrEP navigation and clinical care, we are thankful that PrEP is covered by insurance in our state, said Alexandria Gannett. This ensures that our most vulnerable patients will have access to this life-saving preventative medication.. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22398_Insurance_HIVPrepMed_ED_12.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>On World AIDS Day, Alexandria Gannett, HIV and Reproductive Services Director with the Hamilton Health Center joined Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) Policy Director Katie Merritt and representatives from the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs and Hamilton Health Center to highlight the importance of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, medication for HIV prevention, and to detail insurance coverage of the drugs under the Affordable Care Act. ..As Hamilton Health Center is set to launch prevention programming in February 2023 that includes PrEP navigation and clinical care, we are thankful that PrEP is covered by insurance in our state, said Alexandria Gannett. This ensures that our most vulnerable patients will have access to this life-saving preventative medication.. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22398_Insurance_HIVPrepMed_ED_13.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>On World AIDS Day, Dr. Katharine Dalke, PA Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, joined Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) Policy Director Katie Merritt and Hamilton Health Center representatives to highlight the importance of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, medication for HIV prevention, and to detail insurance coverage of the drugs under the Affordable Care Act. ..To end the HIV epidemic in Pennsylvania and the United States, we need to work together to increase awareness, reduce stigma, and improve access to live-saving medications like PrEP, said Dr. Katharine Dalke. Thankfully, PrEP is covered by insurance in our state and is accessible to patients who need it.. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22398_Insurance_HIVPrepMed_ED_14.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>On World AIDS Day, Dr. Katharine Dalke, PA Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, joined Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) Policy Director Katie Merritt and Hamilton Health Center representatives to highlight the importance of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, medication for HIV prevention, and to detail insurance coverage of the drugs under the Affordable Care Act. ..To end the HIV epidemic in Pennsylvania and the United States, we need to work together to increase awareness, reduce stigma, and improve access to live-saving medications like PrEP, said Dr. Katharine Dalke. Thankfully, PrEP is covered by insurance in our state and is accessible to patients who need it.. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22398_Insurance_HIVPrepMed_ED_15.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>On World AIDS Day, Dr. Katharine Dalke, PA Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, joined Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) Policy Director Katie Merritt and Hamilton Health Center representatives to highlight the importance of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, medication for HIV prevention, and to detail insurance coverage of the drugs under the Affordable Care Act. ..To end the HIV epidemic in Pennsylvania and the United States, we need to work together to increase awareness, reduce stigma, and improve access to live-saving medications like PrEP, said Dr. Katharine Dalke. Thankfully, PrEP is covered by insurance in our state and is accessible to patients who need it.. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22398_Insurance_HIVPrepMed_ED_16.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>On World AIDS Day, Dr. Katharine Dalke, PA Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, joined Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) Policy Director Katie Merritt and Hamilton Health Center representatives to highlight the importance of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, medication for HIV prevention, and to detail insurance coverage of the drugs under the Affordable Care Act. ..To end the HIV epidemic in Pennsylvania and the United States, we need to work together to increase awareness, reduce stigma, and improve access to live-saving medications like PrEP, said Dr. Katharine Dalke. Thankfully, PrEP is covered by insurance in our state and is accessible to patients who need it..