California Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Bill Requiring Insurers to Pay for HIV Testing
October 1, 2008
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) on Tuesday signed a bill (AB 1894) into law that requires health care plans operating in the state to pay for routine HIV testing, the Los Angeles Times reports (Rau/McGreevy, Los Angeles Times, 10/1).
According to AHF, "opt-out" HIV testing as part of routine care in all health care settings for people between ages 13 and 65 was recommended by CDC in 2006; however, the recommendation has not been implemented widely in California or throughout the rest of the country largely because of issues over who should pay for the tests. AHF said the bill will help California implement the guidelines (AHF release, 9/30).
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