Medicine & Rights

ACA lawsuit challenges insurer’s prescription delivery system

Friday, May 8, 2015A 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 the…

HIV/AIDS

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. Under the proposal, doctors would have, for the first…

Report finds extensive use of forced sterilization in Colombia

Friday, October 25, 2013A 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, it is considered an…

States to integrate HIV-positive prisoners

Tuesday, October 8, 2013Alabama 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 Civil Liberties Union

After successful petition, girl finally receives kidney transplant

Friday, August 2, 2013Amelia 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 three-year-old girl…

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. The defeat is the latest in a string of…

Reports show pervasive disability discrimination in transplant decisions

Friday, April 5, 2013The 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 refer people…

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