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Florida to Lose $5 Billion From Not Expanding Medicaid

The 20 states that did not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act help pay for the expanded Medicaid program in other states. This is the conclusion from a study completed by Sherry Glied and Stephanie Ma of New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service who calculated the net cost to taxpayers in states turning down the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.

Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Virginia are the biggest losers because they are forgoing billions of dollars in federal funds, while residents in their states are contributing to the cost of the expansions in other states.

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Florida Medicaid Coverage of Routine HIV Screening


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that HIV screening be a part of routine medical care for all patients between the ages of 13 and 64. These recommendations are intended for all health care providers in both the public and private sectors. Medicaid is the largest source of care and coverage for people with HIV/AIDS in the United States, but routine HIV screening for adults is an optional Medicaid benefit which states may choose to cover.

HIV Screening

HIV testing is integral to HIV prevention, treatment, and care efforts. Knowledge of one’s HIV status is important for preventing the spread of disease.

Yet the CDC estimates that of the more than 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S., almost one in five (18%) do not know they are infected. To increase HIV testing rates and knowledge of HIV status, CDC released revised screening guidelines in 2006, recommending, for the first time, routine HIV screening in all health care settings for 13 to 64 year-olds, unless a patient opts out.  Routine HIV screening is broad, population-based screening, in contrast with “medically necessary” testing and testing targeted at those at higher risk. The CDC’s routine HIV screening recommendations are intended for health care providers, who are central to their implementation in clinical practice.

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