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Conceptually, the Parity Act is quite simple: mental health and substance use health insurance benefits can be no less than medical and surgical benefits, when both types of benefits are offered in a health insurance plan. Yet, the road to implementation has been quite rocky.
While public health officials are expanding efforts to get pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) into the hands of those at risk, they are hitting roadblocks -- the drug's price tag, which has surged in recent years, and changes in insurance coverage.
Thirty years ago today I was handed a death sentence. At least that is what an HIV diagnosis meant in 1988. In fact, it meant so much more than just death. It meant shame. It meant stigma. It meant judgement and isolation.