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Act TODAY to help people with HIV get health care in Massachusetts

Monday, May 18, 2015

Call your MA Senator today and ask them to support Budget Amendment 846We urgently need calls today to pass a crucial budget amendment that will enable people with HIV in Massachusetts to get health care.

Senator Mark Montigny has offered an Amendment to the Senate Budget that would ensure treatment for HIV-associated lipodystrophy, a debilitating side-effect of some HIV medications that causes disfiguring body shape changes. Treatment is currently denied by the insurance industry.

Please call your State Senator today and ask him or her to support Budget Amendment 846 sponsored by Senator Montigny that would help people with HIV-associated lipodystrophy get medical treatment.

The Senate will begin debate on budget amendments today or tomorrow.

You can find and contact your Senator at malegislature.gov or contact the General Switchboard at 722-2000.

People with lipodystrophy suffer terrible physical pain; many experience such disfiguration that they stop leaving their homes; some have contemplated or committed suicide.

The good news is that there are simple, cost-effective treatments for lipodystrophy.

But health insurers in Massachusetts regularly deny coverage for these life-saving treatments because they say they are "cosmetic."

Lipodystrophy harms our longest-term survivors of the HIV epidemic.

Thank you for helping ensure sound and compassionate health care for people with HIV.

Learn more about this issue at www.glad.org/TLC