Complaint accuses Fla. insurers of discrimination


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Two health organizations have filed a complaint with federal health officials alleging that four Florida insurance companies are violating the Affordable Care Act by structuring their drug policies in a way that discourages consumers with HIV and AIDS from choosing their plans.

The National Health Law Program and The AIDS Institute filed the complaint Thursday with the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services. The complaint names Florida insurers: CoventryOne, Cigna, Humana and Preferred Medical.

The federal health law says insurers offering health plans through the online insurance exchange can't discriminate or structure their plans in a way that discourages enrollment by people with serious health issues.

The complaint asks federal officials to investigate and to require insurance companies to take corrective actions if necessary.

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