Low Insurance Reimbursement Biggest Impediment To Routine HIV Testing

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The "biggest impediment" to routine HIV testing is not "state restrictions" or "insufficient funding," but rather "government health insurance, Medicare and managed care insurance companies," Gary Blick -- an HIV/AIDS specialist in Norwalk, Conn. -- writes in a Washington Times letter to the editor in response to a recent Times opinion piece. According to Blick, Medicare reimburses $12.14 for the $17.50 HIV test, and United Healthcare, which covers 70 million U.S. residents, reimburses $6.04 for the test, "making it impossible to routinely test anyone."

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