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Editor's Note
December 2019

Understanding the Consequences of Eliminating Copayments for Skin Cancer Screening

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2Editor, JAMA Dermatology
JAMA Dermatol. 2019;155(12):1341. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2019.3740

On August 23, 2019, Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker signed House Bill 3113 into law, effective January 1, 2020.1 The Viewpoint by Adamson and Pignone,2 published in this issue of JAMA Dermatology, presents the authors’ considerations of the potential harms of this new bill, which was first published online during the 60-day consideration period prior to the governor’s signing. Eliminating copayments for routine skin cancer screening may have a significant effect on individual patients, access to dermatologic care, and the health care system at large. The expected, as well as unanticipated, consequences of this cost-sharing measure should be evaluated and measured by dermatologists and health policy experts to better understand the effects of this law prior to expanded adoption by other states.

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