By: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
NEW YORK, NY — After nationwide outrage, United HealthCare last Friday night issued a reversal on its policy of denying coverage for the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) drug Truvada to Gay men due to their high risk homosexual behavior.
The drama first started a month ago with a pre-authorization denial letter was sent to Thomas Ciganko who was outraged by the letter that he immediately shared the letter with HIV advocates from the ACT UP New York organization as well as the Treatment Action Group who quickly put the word out over the incident through press interviews, social media links and online petitions against United Healthcare which were sent to the New York State Health Commissioner.
After the massive nationwide outrage, late Friday evening prior to network news coverage, United Healthcare issued the following statement in which they say they have reversed their policy and are now honoring prEP prescriptions.
“We apologize for the insensitive language appearing in the letter and regret any difficulty it caused. We have corrected our letters, removed the prior authorization requirement for Truvada and members can fill their prescription at the network pharmacy of their choice”.
Thomas Ciganko told NBC News..“I was very angry upon reading the letter. I felt like they were saying, ‘You people are different, and your behavior is not within our moral code,” Ciganko told NBC News.