Friday, October 16, 2009

Morning Sweep

NY State Senator Jeffrey Klein released a report Thursday showing that some Yorkers' insurance companies are limiting their access to HIV/AIDS medication. Klein's office monitored the 12 most widely used HMOs in the state and found they limit the number of allowable doses and block coverage of so-called single source drugs -- those which are patented, brand name medications with no generic equivalent. "This should be as simple as a doctor telling a patient what they need to get better and a patient being able to get it from their health insurance company, period. When New Yorkers are not served well by their HMOs, everyone suffers," said Pride Agenda Executive Director Alan Van Capelle.

NY Congressman Jerrold Nadler, primary sponsor of legislation to repeal DOMA, editorializes on David Mixner's blog on the need to repeal the anti-gay legislation.

NYC mayoral candidate Bill Thompson has clarified his answer to a question about gay rights at this week's debate.

A federal appeals court on yesterday reversed a previous decision to block release of petitions signed in support of repealing Wash. state's expanded domestic partnership law.

The Advocate examines the ban on gay men donating blood.

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