Federal Judge Strikes Down ACA’s Coverage Mandate for PrEP Drugs

A federal judge on Sept. 7 ruled that the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that individual and group health plans must cover pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medications to prevent HIV violates the religious freedom of objecting employers. The ruling is not likely the final salvo in a case that challenged the ACA’s entire preventive service coverage mandate, but it did spark outcry from one advocacy group representing HIV-positive patients.

The case in question, now known as Braidwood Management Inc., et al v. Becerra, argues that Section 2713 of the ACA — which mandates coverage of preventive services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Health Resources and Services Administration — is unconstitutional. It also challenges coverage mandates for specific preventive care, namely PrEP and some contraceptive methods, on religious freedom grounds.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been reporting and editing in various journalism roles for nearly a decade. Most recently, she was the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer, an e-newsletter covering the health insurance industry. A graduate of Penn State University, she previously served in editing roles at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado.

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