Medicare May Soon Pay For STD Tests
Medicare may soon cover tests for sexually transmitted diseases for the elderly and disabled, since recent research shows that more older Americans are sexually active.
The national health insurance program, which already pays for HIV tests, said on Thursday that it was considering adding the additional STD exams as part of an initiative to cover more preventive care.
According to public health experts, early screening and preventive care can cost less in the long run by avoiding complications that can arise from delayed treatment. In this case, it could also help prevent the spread of infection to others.
Nearly 39 million Americans age 65 and older are covered under Medicare as well as 7.6 million disabled.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officials are expected to announce a draft decision by August 24.