McAuliffe Bill To Expand Breast Cancer Screening Coverage

Springfield, IL…. State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) passed a bill unanimously from the House yesterday that would expand women’s access to better breast cancer diagnoses. Senate Bill 466 amends State law to provide that insurance plans and Medicaid cover breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography. This form of breast cancer screening is newer and more effective than low-dose mammography. The State is not expected to be obligated to defray the costs of the expanded coverage.

“One in eight women develops breast cancer, a truly awful statistic” Rep McAuliffe said, “This is a national medical issue that deserves our full attention and support. As with any form of cancer, the earlier you catch it the better and this bill will help women get diagnosed and start their journey to recovery sooner.”

Rep. McAuliffe passed similar legislation last year, Senate Bill 54. SB466 is a follow-up bill to ensure that the intent of last year’s legislation is seen through and women are provided with the necessary screening coverage. Both SB 466 and SB54, now Public Act 99-0407, were carried in the Senate by Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago).

SB 466 now heads to the Governor’s desk for further consideration.