In a pre-authorization denial letter United Healthcare refused a patient PrEP (Truvada)—directly citing “high risk homosexual behavior.”
The letter, which was posted online, also shows the criteria United Healthcare would need to authorized a PrEP prescription, including “…to reduce the risk of sexually acquired HIV-1 infection in adults at high risk.”
You see the discrimination plain and simple here—”homosexuals” aren’t considered in this group of adults because of who they have sex with.
The patient denial letter makes the obscene disconnect pretty clear.
We reached out to United Healthcare, believing that this letter must must be a mistake, sadly, this was their response:
We apologize for insensitive language appearing in the letter and regret any difficulty it caused. We have updated our systems to prevent this language from appearing in the future.
You can click here to sign a petition addressed to New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker demanding that he investigate and end the discriminatory and homophobic practices of UnitedHealthcare.
More info on the folks who broke the story, here.