Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Coalition Appealing to Congress to Protect Mandate in the ACA Requiring Insurers to Cover Annual Screening Mammograms for Women 40 and Older

Aunt Minnie (10/3) reports, “A coalition of patient groups and breast cancer experts are appealing to the U.S. Congress to protect a mandate in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires insurers to cover annual screening mammograms for women 40 and older.” AuntMinnie points out that the American College of Radiology us among “the patient groups backing the mandate.” In a statement, Dr. Debra Monticciolo, chair of the ACR’s breast imaging commission, said, “If Congress allows mandatory mammography insurance coverage to lapse for women 40 and older, many won’t be able to afford to get mammograms.” Dr. Monticciolo added, “Screening rates will drop. More women will die and the gains we have made against breast cancer may evaporate.” 


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