Texas Christians Sue Over Federal Insurance Mandate For HIV Prevention Drug PrEP Sold Under the Brand Names Descovy and Truvada

Truvada is one type of PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, medication used to prevent HIV transmission. A group of Christians from Texas is suing to knock down many of the Affordable Care Act’s preventive care mandates, specifically targeting HIV prevention drugs. (Heidi de Marco/KHN)(Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News)

Texas Christians Sue Over Federal Insurance Mandate For HIV Prevention Drug PrEP Sold Under the Brand Names Descovy and Truvada

A group of Christians from Texas is suing to knock down many of the Affordable Care Act’s preventive care mandates, specifically targeting HIV drugs.

The federal government last year began requiring most insurance companies to fully cover HIV prevention medication known as PrEP, sold under the brand names Descovy and Truvada. But in a federal lawsuit filed in North Texas, a group who say they oppose homosexuality on religious grounds are suing to change these rules.

Their lawsuit says the federal system for determining which preventive care insurance companies must cover is unconstitutional and argues the plaintiffs, as people of faith, should be able to opt out of coverage for specific medicines like PrEP and contraception.

Their lawyer is former solicitor general Jonathan Mitchell, best known for helping write the Texas abortion law that empowers everyday citizens to sue people they believe have helped others get an abortion. This is one of at least six suits he is handling that could adversely affect the lives of LGBT Americans, including cases that target gay marriage and employment discrimination.

Source: theDallas Morning News, Lauren McGaughy

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