Colo. might defy federal guidance on mammograms

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Colorado lawmakers are considering changing health insurance rules for mammograms to make sure women over 40 are covered.

The Senate gave initial approval Tuesday to bucking the guidance of a federal task force that women should wait until they’re 50 to get mammograms.

Colorado already requires insurance companies to pay for mammograms but last year lawmakers voted to defer to the federal task force guidelines to determine when coverage should start.

The recommendations then were for women at average risk to start getting mammograms at age 40. The panel reversed that long-standing advice later in the year, igniting a fierce debate.

The bill must pass another vote in the Senate and then go back to the House, which passed another version.

The measure is House Bill 1252.

- Associated Press

One Response to Colo. might defy federal guidance on mammograms

  1. How many more women under 40 have to die of breast cancer before men running healthcare and legislature get a clue? You can bet if prostate exams and tests for men under 40 were being questioned or denied, they’d be covered in a heartbeat!

    Come on men…..drop your clubs and drag yourselves into the 21st century!! Think…..what if it was YOUR daughter not being covered?

    M. M. Mills
    April 14, 2010 at 11:17 am