Help Increase Access to Life-Saving Breast Imaging!
Support SB 121/AB 117 to ensure critical access to life-saving breast imaging
You have the opportunity to take action on legislation in Wisconsin that will save lives. Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the Wisconsin State Legislature requiring health plans to provide no-cost supplemental or diagnostic imaging to patients at increased risk for breast cancer and those with dense breasts. Roughly two out of five women have dense breast tissue where a mammogram alone cannot effectively detect evidence of breast cancer and those with dense breast tissue may be 4-6 times more likely to get breast cancer, making early detection critical.
Senate Bill 121/Assembly Bill 117 removes the cost barrier by requiring health insurance policies to cover diagnostic or supplemental breast imaging for those at increased risk of cancer and those with dense breast tissue, making it easier for women to receive additional life-saving testing.
Health insurers in Wisconsin are currently required to provide one annual mammogram to women over 50, and two to women aged 45-49 who meet certain criteria, at no out-of-pocket cost to the patient. Unfortunately, supplemental or diagnostic breast imaging across the country can range from $234 to over $1,000 in out-of-pocket costs, which imposes a major financial barrier.
This reasonable legislation ensures that those who need supplemental breast imaging have the same access to effective care as those without dense breasts or other risk factors and removes the cost barrier, so they aren’t forced to choose between paying a household bill and receiving potentially life-saving imaging.
Access to preventative breast imaging is critical to catching breast cancer early and ensuring that women can fight back. The Wisconsin State Legislature must pass SB 121/AB 117 – because early detection saves lives!