At the end of July, Aetna mailed letters to approximately 12,000 people breaching their HIV privacy. The company is offering emergency financial relief and counseling to those who suffered specific harm as a direct result of the mailing. Given the confidential nature of the program, the Legal Action Center and the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania have agreed to help process the requests. This is not a settlement of the class action lawsuit filed in federal court in August by the AIDS Law Project, the Legal Action Center, and the Philadelphia law firm Berger & Montague, P.C.
New York residents who would like assistance applying for the Aetna relief program or information about joining the class action lawsuit may call the Legal Action Center at (212) 243-1313 or email [email protected]. People in other states may call the AIDS Law Project at 215-587-9377 or email [email protected].
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