Democratic presidential candidate Sen. (D-Calif.) introduced a bill on Thursday that would make a highly effective but underused anti- drug more accessible, tackling both its cost and the stigma it carries.
Harris’ bill focuses on expanding access to pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, a medication that dramatically lowers the risk of contracting HIV for people at high risk for the infection. The bill would ease the financial burden on consumers by guaranteeing the pill is fully covered by private insurance, Medicaid and Medicare and would allocate resources to cover uninsured patients. It would also ban companies selling life, disability and long-term insurance from denying coverage or charging higher premiums to people taking PrEP.
The bill would also address the stigma associated