After backlash, Blue Cross NC lowers out-of-pocket costs on HIV treatments

Thousands of North Carolina residents living with HIV in North Carolina now have lower out-of-pocket expenses after Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina changed its pricing formula for dozens of HIV treatment medications. The move came months after advocates accused the state’s largest health insurer of discriminating against these patients by placing nearly…

Blue Ridge Pride to take place September 30

Asheville will become a sea of rainbow on September 30 at Pack Square Park when the annual Blue Ridge Pride Festival returns for its 14th year. The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and will include 12 bands on two stages, an evening drag show and 200 local vendors. Before the…

Qnotes exclusive: Gun reform activist David Hogg criticizes legislative inaction, importance of LGBTQ+ activists

Parkland, Florida made national headlines in 2018 after a 19-year-old marched into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14 and opened fire on students and teachers, killing 17 people. One of those survivors, David Hogg, became one of the most recognizable faces in the call to action for gun reform, and on Wednesday, Hogg…

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