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Health Care News

August 11, 2016

Governor Baker Signs Historic Law Requiring Treatment for HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy

On August 10, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law An Act Relative to HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy Syndrome Treatment, which will go into effect November 9. This first-of-its-kind legislation, sponsored by Senator Mark Montigny and Representative Sarah Peake, requires public and …

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August 1, 2016

MA Legislature Passes Insurance Mandate to Cover HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy

The Massachusetts House and Senate approved a bill late last night requiring insurance coverage for the treatment of HIV-related lipodystrophy. An Act Relative to HIV-associated Lipodystrophy Syndrome Treatment, sponsored by Representative Sarah Peake and Senator Mark Montigny, mandates that …

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February 25, 2016

Treat Lipodystrophy Coalition Cheers MA Senate Approval of Bill to Cover Treatment

The Treat Lipodystrophy Coalition (TLC) applauded the Massachusetts Senate’s unanimous approval today of S 2137, which requires insurance coverage for the treatment of HIV-related lipodystrophy. TLC, led by GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and AIDS Action Committee, is a coalition of people …

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February 2, 2016

GLAD ED Janson Wu Testifies in Support of Ending Conversion Therapy in New Hampshire

GLAD Executive Director Janson Wu testified this afternoon before the New Hampshire General Court Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee in support of HB 1661, which would ban the use of converstion therapy with minors.

The imposition of 'conversion therapy,' especially on minors, …

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January 5, 2016

LGBT, Racial Equality, Health Groups File Brief in SCOTUS Challenge to Texas Abortion Restrictions

GLAD and a coalition of 13 other LGBT, racial justice, and health equity organizations have filed an amicus brief in Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down draconian restrictions on abortion providers enacted by the State of Texas in 2013. If upheld, the …

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November 25, 2015

Rhode Island says Transgender Health Insurance Exclusions are Prohibited under State Law

Yesterday, the Rhode Island Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner released a bulletin Regarding Prohibited Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity and Expression. The bulletin is a significant step toward increasing access to critical health care for transgender residents of Rhode …

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November 10, 2015

Barnstable Sued for Blocking Legal, Life-Saving Needle Distribution Program

Update: The judge has granted ASGCC's motion for a temporary restraining order to bar the town from enforcing the "cease and desist" order as the case proceeds. 

Today in Barnstable Superior Court, AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod (ASGCC) filed suit against Barnstable for preventing the group from …

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November 6, 2015

TGI and GLAD Applaud Removal of Medicaid Coverage Exclusions for Transgender Rhode Islanders

This week, Rhode Island’s Department of Health and Human Services announced that the state’s Medicaid program has removed arbitrary and outdated coverage exclusions for transgender Rhode Islanders.  The new guidance can be read here.

All major national medical and mental health experts, including …

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October 21, 2015

Testimony in Support of Treatment for HIV-Related Lipodystrophy

The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Financial Services heard testimony Tuesday in support of a bill which would mandate insurance coverage for the treatment of lipodystrophy.

GLAD AIDS Law Project Director Ben Klein testifies in support of An Act Relative to HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy …

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September 16, 2015

GLAD Files Suit Against Mutual of Omaha for Denying Gay Man Insurance Because of Truvada

Today, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) filed a claim with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) charging that Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company discriminated when it denied a gay man long term care insurance because he is taking Truvada.  Truvada, a form of PrEP or …

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