Medicare is now covering two additional preventive services. Starting Dec. 8, 2009, Medicare covers an HIV screening test once every 12 months. The test is available for those at high risk or for any person with Medicare who requests the test. Kike other lab tests, this is covered 100 percent.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2010, Medicare covers Kidney Disease Education (KDE) services for those with stage IV chronic kidney disease. A maximum of 6 sessions of KDE services can be provided in a lifetime. This service is subject to the 20% Medicare Part B coinsurance.
(Information provided by New York State HIICAP)