Ultrasound breast screening legislation approved in Senate

TRENTON  – A measure that would require health insurers to provide coverage for ultrasound breast screening easily won approval in the Senate today.

S792/A2022: This bill, passed 39-0, requires health insurers to cover comprehensive ultrasound breast screening if a mammogram demonstrates dense breast tissue, and also requires mammogram reports to contain information on breast density.

The bill addresses a health care concern in which women with dense breast tissue are often unaware of it, cancer is five times more likely in such women, and mammograms detect  only about 48 percent of tumors in women with such tissue.

S1792: This measure, passed 24-13, would provide a supplemental appropriation of $4.1 million for school districts that show “significant’’ enrollment growth.

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