Insurers drop HIV-positive client – a call for reform?

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Reuters reported yesterday the story of South Carolinian Jerome Mitchell, who, at 17 years old, had purchased health insurance before entering college.  This coverage, he thought, would be the silver lining when he would be diagnosed with HIV a year later.  His insurance, Fortis (now Assurant Health) however, dropped his coverage upon diagnosis; Mitchell was told that without further treatment his HIV would become full-blown AIDS within a year or two and he would most likely die within two years after that.

Cases like these support Obama’s push for dramatic health reform, which would include policies to prohibit insurance companies from dropping clients with pre-existing or newly diagnosed conditions, such as HIV and other STDs. Read the full article, “Insurer targeted HIV patients to drop coverage,” then start or join the conversation about how health reform interacts with HIV and STDs by commenting below.

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