Navigation Links
'Routine HIV Screening Coverage Act' (Waters, D, CA) a 'Crucial Linchpin to Health Care Reform,' says AHF
Date:4/29/2009

Bill Would Require Health Insurance Plans to Cover Routine HIV Tests Under the Same Terms as Other Routine Health Screenings. Legislation Could Spur Nationwide Compliance with CDC's 2006 HIV Testing Guidelines Recommending HIV Testing of All those 13-64 in Routine Health Settings

WASHINGTON, April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare provider in the US which currently provides treatment, care and support services to more than 100,000 individuals in 21 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean and Asia, today commended Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D, CA 35th) for reintroducing a bill to require health insurance plans to cover routine HIV tests under the same terms and conditions as other routine health screenings. The bill, which is known as the Routine HIV Screening Coverage Act, had been previously introduced by Waters (as H.R. 822) during the 110th Congress; however, action on the bill was not completed prior to adjournment.

"The 'Routine HIV Screening Coverage Act' seeks to address a major disconnect between a straightforward and prudent public health measure set forth by the CDC back in 2006 and the bureaucratic buck passing by the nation's health care insurers that has happened since then," said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. "Nearly three years after the CDC first recommended the routine testing of all individuals ages 13-64 in all routine healthcare settings such as community clinics and emergency units, we are nowhere near compliance with our own government guidelines. Meanwhile, estimates of new US HIV cases have risen from 40,000 annually to more than 56,000 annually. By requiring insurer coverage of routine HIV screening, this bill should go a long way in helping to break the chain of new infections by making HIV testing -- and linkage to treatment, when needed -- far more readily available. We applaud Congresswoman Waters for reintroducing and carrying this lifesaving public health measure."

"The 2006 CDC guidelines for HIV testing have been largely ignored nationwide due in no small measure to the unanswered question as to who actually covers the costs of such routine screening," said Whitney Engeran-Cordova, Director of the AHF's Public Health Division. "By requiring health insurance plans to cover routine HIV tests under the same terms as other routine health screenings, Congresswoman Waters' bill should help spur compliance with the CDC's guidelines. The only way to truly get control of HIV in this country is for people to know their status and for conversations about sexual health to become part of our national vocabulary. This step will remove a significant and pervasive barrier to HIV testing. It is necessary, it is way past time, and the health and wellbeing of nation is worth it."

"Insurance coverage of such routine testing is a crucial linchpin to effective national health care policy and is key to any real health care reform," added Weinstein. "From the beginning, Congresswoman Waters' leadership on this issue has been clear and consistent, and her vision is especially critical now in light of President Obama's recently announced goals to focus resources on prevention to both improve the quality of heath care while reducing costs of such care."

About AHF

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is the nation's largest non-profit HIV/AIDS organization. AHF currently provides medical care and/or services to more than 100,000 individuals in 21 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean and Asia. Additional information is available at www.aidshealth.org.


'/>"/>
SOURCE AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Video: Participants Find New Routes, Routines on National Start! Walking Day
2. Occupational Therapy Practitioners Identify Early Signs Of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Help Families Participate In Daily Routines
3. GIVE IT A REST: Delta Dental of Illinois Encourages Routine Dental Exams to Help Detect Nighttime Teeth Grinding
4. Should intra-abdominal pressure measurement be a routine for all pancreatitis patients?
5. Routine scans for low-back pain do not improve outcomes
6. blinkx Signs Premiere Fitness Partners to Help Users Find the Perfect Health Regimen and Routine
7. Parents Often Choose ER for Routine Kids Care
8. Despite national guidelines, private insurers, ER, federal and state agencies fail to routinely test for HIV
9. Routine testing after aneurysm coiling carries low risk
10. Fall Into a New Routine with LISTERINE(R) WHITENING(R) VIBRANT WHITE(TM) Pre-Brush Rinse and LISTERINE(R) WHITENING(R) Pen
11. Older adults can take medicines more safely and effectively by charting their daily routines
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... Amir Qureshi, MD is ... powerfully versatile, patient-centric spinal cord stimulation system. The Nuvectra™ Algovita SCS System has been ... pleased to be the first in Arkansas to introduce the most powerful SCS system ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... ... A new analysis of community health data reveals that four out of ... With the average cost of healthcare rising and the U.S. senior population expected to ... affordability of where they live. An annual 2017 report looked at a variety of ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... 2017 , ... via seating is proud to partner with ... specifically designed for clinical areas. Genie Copper Mesh is a crossover chair for ... provide customers with a game changing chair that is affordably priced,” Chas Hepler ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... After raising nearly $30,000 on ... will continue to be available at a discounted crowdfunding price on Indiegogo . ... they are, I also wanted to bring a fidget toy to the market that ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2017 , ... Silver Birch ... community, which is located on more than four acres of land at 5620 Sohl ... , The 103,000 square-foot building includes 125 studio and one-bedroom apartments. Each of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/10/2017)... Inc. (Nasdaq: HOLX ) announced today the ... April 1, 2017 .   GAAP diluted earnings per ... prior year period as the sale of the blood ... diluted EPS of $0.50 increased 6.4%.  Revenue of $715.4 ... Excluding the effects of blood screening and the acquired ...
(Date:5/9/2017)... 2017 Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and ... announced it has earned a spot on Forbes, ... Company was ranked among 500 U.S. employers as well ... Equipment and Services. The annual Forbes ... independent survey of over 30,000 employees across 25 industries. ...
(Date:5/8/2017)... , May 8, 2017  Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: ... Inc. ("WRB"), a health care service center company ... WRB specializes in relationship management programs for leading ... WRB will join Envoy ... support services for manufacturers, biotech firms, and other service ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: