Opportunities for Expanding HIV Testing Through Health Reform

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Date(s) - Mar 3, 2011
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

St. Anne's Maternity Home - Foundation Conference Room


Presented by: 

Carl Schmid

Deputy Executive Director, The AIDS Institute, Washington, DC
In addition to expanding access to care and treatment, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act presents an opportunity for coverage of preventive services, including HIV testing. The author will review the Affordable Care Act and highlight how HIV testing can be covered under the various programs and payers including Medicaid, Medicare and private insurers. For each payer the author will determine if it can cover routine HIV testing or HIV testing only for high risk individuals or in high risk settings. He will suggest steps that should be taken to ensure maximum coverage of HIV testing as the law is implemented. HIV testing is just one preventative service that can be covered. The author will identify other services and conclude that in the future, additional HIV preventative services can be covered.
Carl Schmid was named Deputy Executive Director of The AIDS Institute, a national public policy, advocacy and research organization, in June, 2009. Prior to that he served as the Institute’s Director of Federal Affairs, a position he held since February 2004. Prior to joining The AIDS Institute, he served as a consultant to a number of HIV/AIDS and civil rights organizations. He has worked in Washington for over 20 years, and began his public policy work in the energy arena, which continued through 2003. Mr. Schmid is co-convener of AIDS In America, a coalition of national AIDS organizations that focus on federal HIV policy; co-chair of the AIDS Budget and Appropriations Coalition; and a Convening Group member of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership. He is a former chair of the HIV Prevention Action Coalition and the Ryan White Reauthorization Work Group. He remains active in those coalitions along with others that advocate for Medicaid, Medicare, and Healthcare Reform; the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), HIV testing and Hepatitis issues. Mr. Schmid currently serves as a member of the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health’s Alliance for Research Progress. He was a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS from 2007 to 2009, and Chaired its Domestic Subcommittee. Recently, he was named by POZ Magazine as one of the 100 most effective AIDS fighters in the nation. Mr. Schmid earned a B.A. in Public Affairs and a M.B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.