SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – To ensure that women continue to have access to potentially lifesaving breast cancer screenings, state Rep. Terra Costa Howard, D-Glen Ellyn, recently passed legislation to clarify language under the Affordable Care Act that has been interpreted to block access to diagnostic mammograms for women.
“Women that have received abnormal results on their mammograms should have access to the necessary follow-up diagnostic mammogram without the fear that they will be faced with an exorbitant medical bill,” said Costa Howard. “Diagnostic mammograms and other breast cancer screenings have the potential to save lives and are fundamental health care services for women.”
Diagnostic mammograms are designed as a follow-up to evaluate abnormalities seen or suspected on a screening mammogram. Currently, screening mammograms are considered preventative care, and are covered by all marketplace plans under the Affordable Care Act. Costa Howard’s Senate Bill 162, will expand preventative care to cover diagnostic mammograms, ensuring that there is no cost sharing or copayment. The bill recently passed out of the Illinois House.
“It is critical that women have access to preventative health care, including breast cancer screenings,” continued Costa Howard. “I will continue fighting to ensure that health care is a fundamental right for women in Illinois.”