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January 31, 2012

Denial of Coverage in Iowa to People With HIV Investigated

State senators Matt McCoy (D–Des Moines) and Jack Hatch (D–Des Moines) have joined critics in calling for reforms at the Iowa Comprehensive Health Association, a $35 million program that aims to insure Iowans with preexisting conditions but denies coverage to about 100 HIV-positive residents, The Des Moines Register reports. Another complaint is that the program’s administrative costs are too high. Administrators say that HIV-positive applicants to the program have been denied because the program’s current rules don’t allow an individual’s premium to be paid by a “third-party” payer, in this case the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. The $35 million in federal funds was provided to cover Iowans with preexisting conditions until the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. health care reform, goes into full effect in 2014.

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