Gov. JB Pritzker signed a bill to expand the availability of mammogram screenings this week.
The law will require insurance companies to cover comprehensive ultrasound screenings if a mammogram demonstrates heterogeneous or dense breast tissue or when medically necessary as determined by a licensed physician, according to a news release.
State Rep. Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, was a co-sponsor of the legislation, Senate Bill 162.
“This legislation gives women across Illinois access to necessary medical testing that can make all the difference in detecting and treating breast cancer,” Batinick said.
Removing obstacles such as the high costs of deductibles will make an important impact in women’s health to ensure all women in our state receive the testing they need to continue living healthy lives.”
The Susan G. Komen Foundation suggested the need for this legislation, as it was concerned that the increasing cost of deductibles is causing women to forego important follow-up mammograms.
Frequently, a follow-up mammogram is required.
Upwards of 10,000 women in Illinois are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and the risk of getting breast cancer has increased for black women and Asian and Pacific Islander women over the past decade, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
The legislation is effective Jan. 1.