HARRISBURG, Sept. 22, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today announced that his amendment making a woman’s access to life-saving breast cancer screenings and treatments less costly was successfully amended into Senate Bill 1432 by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“Without this amendment, women in Pennsylvania could still be forced to pay deductibles and co-payments for mammograms and mastectomy surgery,” said Farnese. “Women deserve to have fewer roadblocks to preventative and essential screenings and procedures. The cost and lack of needed healthcare coverage is certainly a deterrent to many, so I’m pleased that this amendment was added to SB 1432. I encourage my colleagues to support the bill.”

Current Pennsylvania law requires individual and group insurance policies to cover mammograms, but it does not prohibit co-pays, co-insurance or deductibles from being applied to these life-saving procedures.

Farnese’s amendment makes Pennsylvania consistent with the Affordable Care Act, as it relates to mammogram services. Current law also does not require mastectomies to be covered under these policies.

Farnese’s amendment to SB 1432 increases insurance coverage in Pennsylvania to include mastectomy surgery and also prohibits co-payments, co-insurance or deductibles from being applied.  The proposal places limits on co-payments and co-insurances for insured medical services from a physical therapist, chiropractor or occupational therapist.

SB 1432 will now go to the Senate for consideration.

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