The Senate has passed House Bill 111 unanimously, 21-0. The bill, having already passed the House unanimously, now goes to the desk of Governor Carney for his signature. This is a bill that is designed to stop insurance companies from discriminating against people who use pre-exposure medicine to prevent contracting HIV.
PrEP medication reduces the risk of HIV transmission by up to 99% if taken daily. Obviously, insurance companies want to deny coverage here because they see taking this drug as an indicator that the potential insured will acquire a disease that can be expensive to treat. Which is stupid because what the insured is actually doing is taking steps to prevent acquiring the disease in the first, and that behavior should be encouraged.
|House Bill 111 Sponsors||Yes Votes||No Votes|
|Lynn, Heffernan, Morrison, Baumbach, K.Johnson, Kowalko, Lambert||House passed 41-0. Baumbach, Bennett, Bentz, Bolden, Brady, Bush, Carson, Chukwuocka, Cooke, Dorsey Walker, Griffith, Heffernan, K.Johnson, K.Williams, Kowalko, Lambert, Longhurst, Lynn, Matthews, Minor-Brown, Mitchell, Morrison, Osienski, S.Moore, Schwartzkopf, Wilson-Anton, Briggs King, Collins, D.Short, Dukes, Gray, Hensley, M.Smith, Morris, Postles, Ramone, Shupe, Smyk, Spiegelman, Vanderwende, Yearick||None|
|S.McBride, Townsend, Pinkney, Sokola||Senate passed 21-0. Brown Ennis Gay Hansen Lockman Mantzavinos Paradee Pinkney Poore S.McBride Sokola Sturgeon Townsend Walsh Bonini Hocker Lawson Lopez Pettyjohn Richardson Wilson||None|
|Current Status —||Sent to Governor Carney for his signature|