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Queens College professor says he fears financial ruin over cost of crucial HIV drugs under CUNY union's healthcare plan


Added 11-13-19 12:13:02am EST - “"I always thought having a full-time job at a big-time institution meant I had a certain kind of security around things like healthcare," Tougaw told the Daily News.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Queens College professor says he fears financial ruin over cost of crucial HIV drugs under CUNY union’s healthcare plan”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

When CUNY English professor Jason Tougaw was diagnosed last March with HIV, he held off the worst of his anxiety by reminding himself how lucky he was.

He could live a healthy, normal life with advanced prescription medication obtained through his health care plan, he told himself. And as a full-time professor at a major public university, he was also part of a union with a long history of proud progressive values.

But when Tougaw tried to get a refill of his HIV drug Biktarvy in August, he found out those benefits stretched only so far.

“I always thought having a full-time job at a big-time institution meant I had a certain kind of security around things like healthcare,” Tougaw told the Daily News.

Tougaw discovered that a quirk in his prescription drug plan, operated by CUNY’s Professional Staff Congress (PSC) union, puts him and his husband — also diagnosed with HIV in March — on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars for refills on their life-saving drugs. The bills are beyond their ability to pay, Tougaw said.

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