Great news for women of New York State

GET SCREENED, NO EXCUSES Mammography Legislation goes into effect January 1, 2017

New legislation in New York State (NYS) introduced by Governor Andrew Cuomo will allow women better access to breast health care and services they need. The new legislation has three key components: 

1. The law eliminates annual deductibles, co pays and co insurances for women with NYS insurance. NYS insurance companies will be responsible for full payment of some breast imaging services such as screening and diagnostic mammograms, ultrasound, and MRI. This means patients having these medically necessary services should not have to share in the cost of the procedure. The law was created to encourage women to seek medical services when needed rather than postponing due to a financial burden. Please note that this does not mean women will never have a payment as not all services are covered in full under the law. Insurance companies based outside NYS are not required to follow the NYS law.
2. NYS public employers will be required to give NYS public employees four hours of leave each year for breast cancer screening.
3. Extended hours of screening for at least four hours per week will be required of NYS hospitals and hospital extension clinics to help women who have difficulty scheduling mammograms during the typical 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. workday (Elizabeth Wende Breast Care has offered extended hours and select Saturdays since 1995).

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