The Affordable Care Act (ACA) covers screening mammograms for women aged 40 and over. However, insurance will not cover the cost of secondary or follow up ultrasounds, MRIs or mammograms, a need for women with dense breasts.
The PA Breast Cancer Coalition said that in dense breasts, mammograms miss more than 50% of cancers present. Cancer is four to six times more likely in women with extremely dense breasts, and not covering follow-up tests will cost lives.
Cancer Advisory Board Member and PA Breast Cancer Coalition President Pat Halpin-Murphy recently appeared on CBS This Morning and CBS Evening News to speak on the critical issue of insurance coverage for breast cancer screenings like MRI and ultrasound for women with very dense breasts and other high risk factors.
Sen. Bob Mensch’s Senate Bill 595 will require insurers to cover additional screenings like MRI and ultrasound for women with very dense breasts or other high risk factors without co-pays or deductibles. The bill was reported out of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee and will now go up for a vote on the Senate floor.