US: Following outcry Publix announces it will begin covering HIV prevention medication

lorida state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D) met with Publix and confirmed that the grocery chain was refusing to cover PrEP. Oddly, they claimed to not generally cover “medication to treat a medical condition that someone might get in the future,” which would describe many common medications.


Following national outcry last week of reports that the southern grocery chain Publix did not cover PrEP for its employees, the company announced Tuesday morning on Twitter that it’s expanding its coverage to include PrEP as quickly as possible.

This is a very quick change of tune. On Monday, Publix officials met with Florida state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D) and confirmed to him that they were denying PrEP coverage, but wouldn’t clarify why. Read move via Think Progress