- Published: 20 July 2016
SPRINGFIELD – Last year the General Assembly passed a measure that would add 3D mammography to the list of low-dose mammograms covered by insurance agencies. Today the governor signed that legislation.
“I feel now as I did when SB54 passed, that this is important legislation that will help save lives,” said Mulroe, who sponsored that measure in the Senate. “Any innovation or advancement in medical technology that can save lives is a good thing.
Under the previous measure, insurance companies were required to cover 3D mammography but only Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield covered the screening. Other insurance companies followed suit, but not quickly enough.
Within the previous legislation, conditional terms existed that would have rendered mandated coverage null.
“When we worked on the previous measure, I told the insurance companies ‘Get on board or I’m coming back,’” Mulroe continued. “This is too important to drag our feet on. I’m glad the governor used good judgment and signed the proposal.”
The bill goes into effect immediately.