Lambda Legal announced today that it has filed an administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights against BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana (BCBS) after the state's largest insurer stopped accepting federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) third-party premium subsidies for low-income Louisianans living with HIV.
Late yesterday the U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014, which includes important language directing the Secretary of Defense to issue a report on Department of Defense personnel policies regarding members of the armed services who have HIV or Hepatitis B. The U.S. House of Representatives approved the bill last week.
2013 will be remembered as the year the country took a quantum leap forward in securing access to quality healthcare. Implementation of the Affordable Care Act was a major victory for LGBT people and those with HIV.
Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, a bill that will end the blanket ban on the donation of organs from HIV-positive individuals, clearing the way for transplantation of such organs into people living with HIV to become routine practice in the near future.
Today, Lambda Legal and The Center for HIV Law & Policy (CHLP) announced that the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) has reversed an Immigration Judge's ruling that denied a Jamaican immigrant's application for protection under the U.N. Convention Against Torture (CAT) against being sent to Jamaica, and remanded the case back to the immigration court for further review.