Regional Disparities in Qualified Health Plans’ Prior Authorization Requirements for HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis in the United States June 2020 By Sebastian Tello-TrilloKathleen A. McManus Samuel PowersAmy KilleleaElizabeth Rogawski McQuade Regional Disparities in Qualified Health Plans’ Prior Authorization Requirements for HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis in the United States With the goal of ending the HIV epidemic in the United States, access to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is essential to help curb new HIV infections. There has been differential uptake of PrEP by region, with the South lagging behind other regions. Discriminatory benefit design (benefit design that prevents or delays people with complex or expensive conditions from obtaining appropriate treatment) through prior authorization requirements could be a systemic barrier that contributes to the decreased PrEP uptake in the South. Read article https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2766669 Read article Sebastian Tello-Trillo Sebastian Tello-Trillo is an assistant professor of public policy and economics at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He studies health policy in the U.S and Latin America, with a particular focus on understanding how policies affect individuals’ health behaviors and economic outcomes. Read full bio Kathleen A. McManus Samuel Powers Amy Killelea Elizabeth Rogawski McQuade Related Content Sebastian Tello-Trillo Health Insurance for Whom? The ‘Spill-up’ Effects of Children’s Health Insurance on Mothers Research New research shows that expansions in children’s Medicaid eligibility increases the likelihood a mother is married, decreases her labor market participation, and reduces her smoking and alcohol consumption. Losing public health insurance: TennCare reform and personal financial distress Research Batten Professor Sebastian Tello-Trillo and his co-authors write about how the primary goal of health insurance is smoothing the financial risk associated with health shocks. They estimate the effect of exposure to health-insurance reform on individual-level financial well-being. Health insurance coverage for kids through Medicaid and CHIP helps their moms too News Batten professor Sebastian Tello-Trillo shares new research suggesting that health insurance coverage for kids through Medicaid and CHIP helps their moms. Study: Expanded Medicaid for Kids Results in More Stable Households News Sebastian Tello-Trillo, an assistant professor in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, explains the positive “spill-up” effect on parents of children covered by Medicaid.