H. R. 2777, Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screenings Act of 2019.

Summary:This bill makes a series of changes relating to health insurance coverage of screening mammography.

Specifically, the bill requires that any provision of law referring to current recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) with respect to breast cancer screening mammography be administered as if (1) the provision referred to USPSTF recommendations last issued before 2009; and (2) those recommendations applied to any screening mammography modality, including any digital modality of such a procedure. This requirement shall also apply to the Veterans Health Administration’s policy on mammography screening for veterans. (Cosponsors, Bipartisan)

ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION:  Representative Craig Cosponsored the bill on 01/07/20.

STATUS: Introduced 05/15/19 by Rep. Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [D-FL-23].

INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:

  • “The perception that breast cancer is something only older women need to worry about puts young women at risk of not getting a screening that could save their lives. The USPSTF guidelines would exacerbate this problem by discouraging women from getting potentially life-saving mammograms, and putting them at risk of losing insurance coverage for screenings,” said Wasserman Schultz. “As a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed at 41, I know firsthand the importance of ensuring young women have access to the tools and information they need regarding their breast health. That is why I am proud to reintroduce the PALS Act with Congresswoman Susan Brooks, which extends the moratorium on these ill-advised guidelines and is supported by leading clinical and advocacy organizations.” (Source: Rep. Wasserman Schultz, Press Release, 05/15/19)

ADDITIONAL DETAIL: 

Link to the text of the bill.

Link to bill information (support and opposition) on Countable.

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