Coverage for High Risk Breast Cancer, Dense Breast Tissue Screenings Effective Sept. 23

HB 371 requires insurance companies to cover additional screenings for individuals who are at high risk for breast cancer, or have dense breast tissue beginning Sept. 23. Doctors estimated mammograms missed detecting her cancer for years due to dense breast tissue.

The law requires coverage for one screening mammography every year and specifying that screening mammography includes digital breast tomosynthesis. The law also requires health insurers and the Medicaid program to cover supplemental breast cancer screening if certain conditions are met. Revises the language a mammography facility must use when notifying a patient in writing of the presence of dense breast tissue.