Federal Government, State of Florida each refused to intervene in case.
FT. LAUDERDALE (April 7, 2015) AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) released the following statement by AHF President Michael Weinstein regarding a legal action recently filed against it in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida regarding AHF’s HIV testing and linkage to care programs in Florida:
“With more than sixty percent of the 1.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States currently not in regular medical care and treatment, it remains core to AHF’s mission to try and reduce that number. Not only has AIDS Healthcare Foundation done nothing wrong, our pro-active approach to finding and linking HIV-positive individuals to lifesaving care and treatment is critical to stopping HIV in this country. The fact that the Federal Government and the State of Florida have each already formally declined to intervene in the legal action brought on behalf of three former AHF employees speaks volumes about the merits of this case. Small incentives for linking and retaining people in care are mainstays of public health interventions—including by many CDC projects. We look forward to the opportunity to rebut these baseless charges in court.”
The legal action targeting AHF was first filed in Federal Court in Florida in June 2014.
On February 9, 2015, a “Notice to Decline Intervention by United States of America” was filed. The following day, February 10, 2015, a “Notice to Decline Intervention by State of Florida” was also filed.