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California Could Become First State to Require Insurers To Cover HIV Testing

A bill aimed at making H-I-V screening a routine part of medical care is awaiting a decision by Governor Schwarzenegger. The measure would require California insurers to cover H-I-V tests. KPBS Report

California Could Become First State to Require Insurers To Cover HIV Testing

A bill aimed at making H-I-V screening a routine part of medical care is awaiting a decision by Governor Schwarzenegger. The measure would require California insurers to cover H-I-V tests. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

The State Office of AIDS estimates more than 40,000 Californians have HIV but don't know it.

Federal health officials say HIV-positive people who don't know their status are responsible for up to 70 percent of all new infections. 

Ged Kenslea (KENS-lah) is with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation .

Ged Kenslea : So in order for us to break the chain of new infections here in California and really elsewhere throughout the country, we really need to make HIV testing as widespread, routine, and normal as possible.

Insurers complain the requirement could drive up healthcare costs.

An HIV test runs about 20 dollars.

Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News.  

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