Medicine & Rights

ACA lawsuit challenges insurer’s prescription delivery system

Friday, May 8, 2015
A federal class-action lawsuit filed April 27 accuses one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies of discriminating against patients with HIV/AIDS in its prescription drug policies. Until recently, patients with HIV/AIDS prescriptions could purchase their drugs either through…


Wednesday, December 18, 2013People with disabilities worldwide are disproportionately at risk of contracting HIV because they are: A) At higher risk of being a victim of violent sexual or physical abuse. B) Less informed about the risks of HIV due to limited education and literacy. C) Assumed to not be sexually active. D) All of the above. E) None of the above. Click on the headline above to learn the answer and to learn more about HIV/AIDS.

Controversial organ donation proposal rejected

Friday, November 22, 2013The agency charged with overseeing national organ donation policy has rejected a proposed change that many disability advocates worried would allow a hospital’s organ procurement staff to improperly influence end-of-life decisionmaking.
Not Dead Yet
Under the proposal, doctors would have,…

Report finds extensive use of forced sterilization in Colombia

Friday, October 25, 2013
Forced sterilization in Colombia
A group of human rights organizations released a new report October 1, documenting the widespread practice of sterilization of people with disabilities in Colombia. “Surgical sterilization of women and girls is irreversible, and when forced,…

States to integrate HIV-positive prisoners

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
No HIV+ segregation
Alabama and South Carolina will stop segregating HIV-positive prisoners, joining 48 other states that have ended the once-common practice, under two recently announced legal settlements. In Alabama, the settlement ends a class-action lawsuit filed by the American

After successful petition, girl finally receives kidney transplant

Friday, August 2, 2013
Medical Justice
Amelia Rivera is at home recovering from the kidney transplant she received in early July, following a national outcry when she was initially denied the procedure. In January 2012, the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia denied Rivera, a…

Death with dignity/assisted suicide legislation defeated

Thursday, April 18, 2013Connecticut will not further pursue a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide bill this year, after a House committee voted April 6 to prevent the bill from coming up for a vote.
News from Connecticut
The defeat is the latest in…

Reports show pervasive disability discrimination in transplant decisions

Friday, April 5, 2013
Medical discrimination?
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network released a new report March 18 that calls for increased protections for people with disabilities when health care providers make life-saving organ transplant decisions. Surveys have found that health care providers decline to…

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