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There’s a drug that prevents HIV. Insurers discriminate against people who use it, investigation finds
The Sacramento Bee

Insurance companies discriminated against Californians who take an HIV-prevention drug by denying or limiting coverage, or charging higher premiums, according to a state investigation. 

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara announced Thursday that some life, disability income and long-term care insurance companies were targeting HIV-negative users of pre-exposure prophylaxis, also called PrEP, a medication that prevents the spread of that disease.

“PrEP prevents HIV, pure and simple, and I will not tolerate insurers violating California law by discriminating against people taking proactive steps to be healthy,” Lara said in a statement.