State Legislature Passes Lipodystrophy Bill

massachusetts-state-house-300x198BOSTON – The state Legislature recently passed a bill that will require insurers to cover medical care for Lipodystrophy.

The disease was a damaging side-effect of lifesaving HIV medication in the late 1990s.

It causes physical and psychological harm to individuals with HIV who often suffer physical pain, spinal structural damage and depression.

The bill, which was sponsored by State Representative Sarah Peake, D-Provincetown, passed through the House and Senate unanimously and awaits Governor Baker’s signature.

“During my 10 years in office I have been part of making a lot of important legislation happen. This bill, however, stands out as one of the most meaningful pieces of legislation I have had the honor to lead on,” said Peake in a statement. “The survivors of the early days of the AIDS epidemic deserve to be able to live their lives with dignity and free of the physical and psychological pain inflicted by the side effects of the early anti-viral therapies.”

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