Illinois women will now have improved access to life-saving 3-D mammography because of a bill signed into law this week by Governor Bruce Rauner.
SB 54, now known as PA 99-0407, expands healthcare coverage for breast cancer screenings by adding the use of “breast tomosynthesis,” or 3-D breast screening technology, to the procedures that must be covered by health insurance plans. The improved technology provides for cross-section 3-D images of breast tissue that can more accurately detect early stage breast cancer.
“Early detection is the key to the best prognosis for those diagnosed with breast cancer, and this enhanced imaging technology will save lives,” said State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago), the Chief House Sponsor of the bill. “Ensuring that this 3-D technology is covered by insurance will allow more women to be properly diagnosed early so they can begin a treatment plan sooner.”
According to the provisions of the new law, healthcare plans will only cover breast tomosynthesis if the technology is not considered as a mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The law took effect immediately upon being signed by the Governor.