Breast Cancer Screening Legislation

As of January 1, 2017 New York State is taking the most aggressive action in the nation to improve access to breast cancer screening with a new law requiring health insurance to cover all screening and diagnostic imaging exams for the detection of breast cancer.

The Law:

  • Includes supplemental imaging for women with dense breast issue.
  • The first law in the country requiring insurance companies to cover all of the costs of supplemental imaging to encourage women with dense breasts to seek additional screenings.
  • Eliminating these insurance barriers will prevent women from paying out-of-pocket for breast cancer screening, including imaging for the detection of breast cancer, diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasounds, or magnetic resonance imaging.

*In 2013, New York was the first state to adopt a dense breast notification law to inform patients in clear, unambiguous language if their mammogram showed high fibroglandular densities.