Medicare Covers HIV Screening
Effective immediately, Medicare will pay for screening of beneficiaries who are at increased risk for HIV infection, including pregnant women and those of any age who request the screening. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.
"Today's decision marks an important milestone in the history of the Medicare program," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a news release. "Beginning with expanding coverage for HIV screening, we can now work proactively as a program to help keep Medicare beneficiaries healthy and take a more active role in evaluating the evidence for preventive services."
"Every adult should know their HIV status," Dr. Howard K. Koh, HHS assistant secretary for health, said in the release. "This decision by Medicare should help promote screening and save lives."
"Medicare's coverage of HIV screening tests is an important step forward in protecting beneficiaries from the potentially devastating and life-threatening complications of HIV and Acquired Imunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)," said Charlene Frizzera, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services.
FDA Launches Widget for Pet Health
A pet health and safety widget launched this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration includes information about a variety of topics, including how to report problems with pet food, buying pet drugs online and caring for your pet in a disaster.
The widget, a portable application that's embedded in a Web page, can be copied onto any other Web site or blog. Using the widget enables users to access content on the FDA's Web site without having to leave another site or Web page.
"The pet health and safety widget allows users to add a new dimension to their Web site by providing consumers with the latest news and information from the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine," Bernadette Dunham, director of the FDAs Center for Veterinary Medicine, said in a news release.
The pet health and safety widget is available at www.fda.gov/PetHealthWidget.
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