Policy & Politics
Reps. Introduce Bill to Expand Medicaid Coverage to Some HIV-Positive People
March 27, 2009
Reps. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have introduced a bill (H.R. 1616) to allow states to expand Medicaid coverage to low-income HIV-positive people, CQ HealthBeat reports. The bill would permit states to change their Medicaid eligibility policies to increase access to early and cost-effective HIV treatment before the virus progresses to AIDS, Engel said in a statement. According to Engel, this approach would be "more cost effective for the federal government since it's much more expensive to treat patients with AIDS than HIV."
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