Governor Signs Legislation Expanding
Coverage for Breast Cancer Screenings
New law requires insurance plans, Medicaid to
cover 3D mammography
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[July 22, 2016]
RIDGE – At Advocate Lutheran General Hospital today, Governor Bruce
Rauner signed Senate Bill 466 to require insurance plans in Illinois,
including Medicaid, to cover breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography.
“Too many Illinois families have been touched, in one way or
another, by breast cancer,” said Governor Rauner. “I’m proud to sign
this legislation because by improving early detection methods and
requiring insurance plans to cover this cutting-edge screening tool,
Illinois is at the forefront of the fight against breast cancer.”
Breast tomosynthesis is a form of breast cancer screening that is
newer and more effective than low-dose mammography. It works by
creating an image of the breast through a series X-Rays from
different angles. This enables doctors to have a clear,
3-dimensional image, making it easier to see through dense tissue
and detect breast cancers.
“This bipartisan legislation signifies the commitment of the General
Assembly to the fight against breast cancer and protecting women's
health,” said Rep. Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago), sponsor of the
legislation. “The best way to fight cancer is with early detection;
I'm proud we're taking this step that will expand women's access to
this important diagnostic tool.”
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), breast
cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Illinois women,
accounting for 29.7 percent of 796,602 invasive cancer diagnoses in
women during 1986-2013. In 2013 alone, 9,859 women were diagnosed
with, and 1,761 women died from, breast cancer.
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“Early detection of breast cancer is key to survival and this new law offers
women more options for detecting breast cancer,” said Illinois Department of
Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “We encourage women to talk
with their health care provider about 3D mammography to determine what would be
best for them.”
IDPH projects that 10,290 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016,
and that the number will increase to 10,440 women in 2017.
Senate Bill 466 is effective immediately.
[Office of the Governor Bruce Rauner]