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Capitol Health Call
November 11, 2009

Breast Cancer Bills

JAMA. 2009;302(18):1960. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1593

Bills intended to improve breast cancer education and diagnosis and to assist patients with the disease were the focus of an October 7 hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health.

The bills (HR 995, HR 1691, HR 1740, and HR 2279 [http://thomas.loc.gov]) proposed such measures as making the length of a hospital stay following breast surgery a medical rather than an insurance issue, requiring insurers that already cover diagnostic mammography to extend coverage for annual screening mammography to women aged 40 years or older, and promoting a public health campaign to make young women aware that they are also at risk for breast cancer.

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