Insuring Your Health: Rape Victims May Have To Pay For Some Medical Services

Kaiser Health News consumer columnist Michelle Andrews writes: “The effects of a sexual assault can be long-lasting, but the medical bills shouldn’t be. Yet a new study finds that despite federal efforts to lift that burden from rape victims, a hodgepodge of state rules means some victims may still be charged for medical services related to rape, including prevention and treatment of pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections. ‘If you're exposed to HIV as a result of the attack, that’s something the state should be paying for, especially if we can give you prophylaxis to prevent infection,’ says Ilse Knecht, deputy director of public policy at the National Center for Victims of Crime” (Andrews, 6/3). Read the column.

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