Thursday, August 13, 2015

Bipartisan Legislation Aims To Maintain Copay-Free Mammograms For Women In Their 40s

Congressional Quarterly (8/13, Subscription Publication) reports that a bipartisan group of female lawmakers “are working to keep a mandate for insurance companies to cover mammography for women in their 40s free of copay charges, a step intended to again overrule the findings of an influential federal task force.” Reps. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) introduced bills in recent weeks “that would stop the U. S. Preventive Services Task Force from issuing a lukewarm review about the potential benefits of routine mammography for women in their 40s.” In April, the USPSTF released a draft report saying the potential benefits of breast-cancer screening are lower for women in their 40s than for those ages 50 to 74. If the mammography recommendation is finalized, “insurance companies might drop coverage of mammograms for women in their 40s without copays.” 

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