Medicare is considering expanding its coverage of the test for the human immunodeficiency virus so that it would pay for this screening for all people between ages 15 and 65.
The federal health program for the elderly and disabled last week announced a plan to widen coverage. An earlier policy had established payments for tests for people at increased risk for HIV infection, including men who have had sex with men and drug users and people who had blood transfusions between 1978 and 1985. Also covered are tests for pregnant women.
The AIDS Institute applauded the proposal, saying it expects to see a final decision memorandum from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in late April.
“The next step will be educating Medicare beneficiaries and the medical community about the importance of HIV testing, and the expanded coverage beneficiaries will soon have,” said Carl Schmid, deputy executive director of the institute in a statement.