Federal Watchdog: One Quarter of HIV-Positive Medicaid Enrollees Missed Care

More than a quarter of HIV-positive Medicaid enrollees did not receive at least one of three necessary services for viral suppression in 2021, according to a new report from the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG). According to one expert, that missed care is certain to rebound to Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) in the form of a heavy cost burden: If HIV isn’t continually treated with antiretroviral therapy (ART) drugs and patients are not monitored by practitioners, the virus will cause a patient to develop AIDS — and patients are more likely to transmit the virus to others.

Medicaid covers a notable portion — 40% — of people in the U.S. who contracted HIV in 2018, per OIG. In the report, OIG reviewed 2021 claims data for 265,493 enrollees with HIV across the country. The main findings of the report were:

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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