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Med.: AIDS / Insurance Discrimination #115676

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 19, 1988
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(Studio: Ted Koppel) Hearings by Civil Rights Commission to investigate chgs. of discrimination against AIDS victims reported Report introduced.

(San Francisco, California: Ken Kashiwahara) Problems of insurance for AIDS victims featured; cases of Billy Porter, Luis Mara and Joel Starkey cited as exs. [PORTER - discusses financial worries.] [On Apr. 29, MARA - comments.] [STARKEY - discusses fighting both AIDS and discrimination.] Response by ins. companies noted. [National Gay Rights Advocates spokesperson Benjamin SCHATZ - discusses prejudice by insurance companies] [Health Ins. Association of American spokesperson Carl SCHRAMM - responds to chgs.] Denial of insurance to hairdressing business in New York City because of claims that it is a hazardous profession cited. San Francisco, California, case of man suing Great Republic Life Ins. Company described. [Plaintiff David HURLBERT - says insurance company's questions were designed to determine who was gay.] [Great Republic Life Ins. Company spokesperson William PRITCHETT -says company does not want to insure those with AIDS symptoms already.] Case of Catherine Murphy, whose husband died of AIDS resulting from blood transfusion, detailed. [MURPHY - responds to insurance company's refusal to insure her or sons.] [In 1986 videotape deposition, AIDS victim James LITZENBERGER - discusses hassling with insurance company]

Kashiwahara, Ken;
Koppel, Ted

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