Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a senior member of the Florida congressional delegation, is pleased to co-sponsor the "Routine HIV Screening Coverage Act" that would require health insurance companies to cover routine HIV tests. Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen believes that this bill will help control the spread of HIV and she is working on getting other co-sponsors.
Current health insurance plans generally cover HIV screening when there are clinical indications of infection or when known risk factors are present. This legislation would require insurance plans to cover routine tests under the same terms and conditions as other routine screenings.
The Routine HIV Screening Coverage Act of 2009 would:
Require that all health insurance plans cover the costs of routine HIV tests for all those between the ages of 13 - 64.
Said Ros-Lehtinen: "I am all too familiar with the rising spread of HIV/AIDS in my home state of Florida and indeed my own Congressional District, which includes Miami Beach. This legislation will provide Americans with the financial means to get tested and know their status and thus prevent further infections. I have worked to acquire funding for HIV prevention, research, and testing, and I am pleased that such a bill is before the House. I urge my colleagues to support it and help us battle the scourge of HIV/AIDS."