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Montrose Voice, No. 290, May 16, 1986 - File 008. 1986-05-16. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/405/show/387.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 290, May 16, 1986
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Claude, Ken
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date May 16, 1986
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
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Transcript Government, Civil Groups Fight Insurance Companies Over AIDS On opposite coasts, the insurance industry haB suffered a legal setback—or has been sued—over their efforts to restrict coverage from AIDS victims and "potential" victims. The District of Columbia City Council this past week tentatively gave first approval to a bill that would prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage to someone who has tested positive for exposure to the AIDS virus. That bill pitted gay rights groups against the insurance industry, which waged a $200,000 lobbying campaign against the measure with advertisements in the newspapers, television and radio stations. Insurance industry officials called the vote "a dangerous precedent" and predicted premium rate increases of up to $2.50 per $1,000 of coverage for all insurance policyholders in the city. But the _3-n.em.ber council endorsed the bill Tuesday on a unanimous voice vote and criticized the insurance industry's tactics. "The people didn't buy a dime of that garbage you put on television." said Councilman Frank Smith, referring to the ads. "Calls to my office ran 80 percent in favor of the bill." The bill's sponsor, Councilman John Ray, said if the measure was rejected the city would bear the financial burden of AIDS sufferers who would not be able to get insurance. He said the victims would seek hospitalization in city facilities. The protections in the bill, however, do not extend to people who already contracted acquired immune deficiency syndrome. "The questions asked are so broad that virtually no applicant can obtain insurance without lying' For five years after the bill becomes law, insurance companies could not deny health or life insurance if a person has tested positive for exposure to the disease. At the end of five years, an insurance firm could petition the city to allow higher rates for a person who has tested positive. Under the bill, an insurer also could not use age, marital status or sexual orientation for the purpose of predicting whether an individual may develop AIDS in the future. It is similar to laws in California and Wisconsin but is more comprehensive. "It's unfair to other applicants," said Russell Iuculano, legislative director of the American Council of Life Insurance. "This bill is the most sweeping of its kind in the country. We're very concerned because it says that for one disease only we cannot base the price on risk." The council debated for more than an hour over the penalties in the bill and decided to wait until the final vote in two weeks before making any changes. As approved, a violation would carry a fine of between $1000 and $10,000 foreach day a firm is in violation of the law. And on May 5, two civil groups in Cali- Sunday, May 18: Quest For Mr. Flight 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Tuesday May 20: Movie Sweet Dreams & Patsy Cline Look-A-Like Contest Judging by Patsy Cline Memorial Day Weekend: Fri May 23 Mon May 26 Tropical Full Moon Madness 7:00 a.m.—D.J. & Drink Specials Afternoon—Three P's Party Night—Pink Flamingo DJ. +.0B0 Lary TnomPson HOME OF EAGLE LEATHER 1022 Westheimer 528-8851 fornia filed the nation's first major lawsuit challenging the AIDS-related practices of a particular health insurance company. National Gay Rights Advocates and the Employment Law Center ofthe Legal Aid Society of San Fransisco have charged the Great Republic Insurance Company with publishing underwriting guidelines which specifically target unmarried males inste- reotypically gay occupations for discrimination. "Great Republic's crude attempt to screen out gay men is completely inconsistent with accepted underwriting practices," stated Benjamin Schatz, director of NGRA's civil rights project. The guidelines at issue, distributed in December 1985, require insurance agents to give supplemental questionnaires to unmarried men in "occupations that do not require physical exertion." Examples given included restaurant employees, antique dealers, interior decorators, florists and those in the jewelry or fashion business. The questions asked are so broad that virtually no applicant can obtain the insurance without lying, said an NGRA official. The suit, filed in a San Fransisco court, demands $100,000 in damages for pain and suffering, and $10 million in punitive damages, and also demands Great America be permanently enjoined from discriminating against applicants on the basis of gender, marital status or sexual oreinta- tion. Some of the information in this article came news sources of the Houston Chronicle. Newest Women's Bar Men Welcome Also Dancing Nightly SCHNAPPS PARTY MAY 21 Free T-Shirts Gemini Party May 24 C&W BAND Sat. Nite We will be open Memorial Day, Monday DRAFT BEER 75<t Happy Hour, $1 Regular Well Drinks $1.50 Happy Hour HAPPY HOUR 4-7pm Open Tues-Thurs. 4pm-2am, Fri.-Sun. lpm-2am CLOSED MONDAYS Narene Kee—owner 5731 KIRBY 520-9910 MAY 16. 1986/MONTROSE VOICE 7 FOCUSS Financial Data Released From a press release On January 22, representatives of the Montrose Counseling Center, the AIDS Foundation of Houston, the Montrose Clinic and the Gay/Lesbian Switchboard of Houston met to approve the 1985 statement of account for FOCUSS. The FOCUSS members agreed to divide donations received for 1986 in the following percentages: Montrose Counseling Center 38%, AIDS Foundation 35.5%, Montrose Clinic 16.5%, Gay/Lesbian Switchboard 10%. These percentages are based on actual total budget expenditures of all the organizations for 1985 which totalled $453,100. A minimum percentage of 10% for any member was agreed. The 1986 officers are James R. Kuhn, president, and Joe Tumlinson, secretary- treasurer. The negotiated agreement was finally ratified by each board of directors in April 1986. The resolutions were presented to the First National Bank of West University on May 2. 1986. Contributions may be sent to FOCUSS, c/o Montrose Counseling Center, Suite 203, 900 Lovett Blvd., Houston, TX 77006. MasterCard and Visa donations are accepted. □ Statement of Account F.O.C.U.S.S., Aug. 5-Dec. 31,1985 Deposits (including $1000.00 received 12/20/85 but not deposited until 1/15/86): $14,487.17 Paid Out ($8198.33 to KS/AIDS Foundation, $1164.59 to Montrose Clinic), $1379.00 to Montrose Counseling Center, $977.04 to Gay Switchboard of Houston): $11,736.96 Balance: $2,750.21 Debits: $202.41 TOTAL $2547.80 TO BE PAID ($1639.76 to KS/AIDS Foundation, $232.96 to Montrose Clinic, $279.45 to Montrose Counseling Center, $195.63 to Gay Switchboard of Houston): $2347.80. Clinic Changes Testing Days for AIDS The Montrose Clinic, 803 Hawthorne, has announced that it is now testing for the HTLV-III/LAV-AIDS antibodies only on Wednesdays, 5:30pm-9:30pm. An official ofthe clinic said the tests will continue to be provided free of charge to patients and results of an individual's test will be given in person at the clinic one week later, the same hours. They emphasized that results would not be given over the phone. The official also said that the tests are given confidentially and no names are taken. The official said "anonymity is assured." Development of antibodies may take up to six months after exposure to the HTLV- III virus. Center for Disease Control has recommended that if someone were tested less than six months from the time of suspected exposure or the person believes that they may have been exposed since being tested, they should consider being retested. Said the clinic official, "This test was designed to screen donor blood for the presence of antibody to the AIDS virus ... This test is not designed to be diagnostic for AIDS or AIDS Related Complex (ARC)." Appointments are recommended for testing by calling the Montrose Clinic at 528-5535 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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