August 6, 2013
Though routine HIV screenings are recommended by America's foremost public health authorities and tens of thousands of people are living in the United States with undiagnosed HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of state Medicaid programs don't cover preventive testing. ... Part of the problem is that the public health sphere only recently came to the consensus that routine screens should be the norm. The CDC has recommended coverage of routine testing since 2006, but another critical player -- the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force -- didn't recommend routine screenings until this April. The task force's recommendations serve as a benchmark for insurers, including Medicaid, as they decide what to cover (Dylan Scott, Governing, 8/5).
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