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

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–One hundred HIV/AIDS advocates from across the region will come out on
Tuesday, February 12th 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.

WHAT:

     

PROTEST AGAINST ANTHEM HEALTH INSURANCE 100 HIV/AIDS
advocates will protest against Anthem Health Insurance and their
ongoing denial to include in their network the physicians who have
cared for close to 2,000 individuals living with HIV that are
receiving ongoing, impactful care by those physicians at
healthcare centers operated by the nonprofit, AIDS Healthcare
Foundation (AHF).

 

WHEN:

Tuesday, FEBRUARY 12, 2019 11:00 AM ET

 

WHERE:

Corporate Offices of Simply Healthcare Insurance
9250 W. Flagler St., Miami, FL
Note: Anthem Health Insurance does business in South Florida as
Simply Healthcare
 

WHY:

According to recent statistics from the Centers for Disease
Controls (CDC), south Florida leads the nation in terms of new HIV
diagnosis, and throughout the state has the largest concentration
of those living with HIV. As the world’s largest, nonprofit,
HIV/AIDS service organization, with over 1 million patients in
care, AHF has a proven record of keeping HIV patients in care and
for ensuring they receive the array of sensitive services they
need to stay alive. With the ongoing changes to Medicaid managed
health care plans, Anthem’s denial of access to the HIV physician
experts to those living with HIV who are currently receiving care
from doctors they know and trust with their lives at AHF, will
result in disruption to the continuum of the lifesaving care that
the close to 2,000 HIV+ individuals have relied on to stay alive.

 

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

Contacts

FLORIDA:
Imara Canady, National Director,
Communications, AHF
954-952-0258 – cell
imara.canady@aidshealth.org

NATIONAL:
Ged Kenslea, Senior Director,
Communications, AHF
+1.323.308.1833 work
+1.323.791.5526 cell
gedk@aidshealth.org

Marin Austin, Director of Communications, AHF
323-333-7754
cell
marin.austin@aidshealth.org