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Oklahoma lawmakers advance bill requiring diagnostic mammogram insurance coverage

OKLAHOMA (KFOR) – A bill that would require insurance companies to cover diagnostic mammograms is one step closer to becoming Oklahoma law.

The Senate approved House Bill 3504 Wednesday, with a 38-4 vote on the floor.

House Bill 3504 requires that a diagnostic mammogram be performed when a breast abnormality has been detected,” said Sen. Brenda Stanley, R-District 42, one of the authors of the bill.

Senator Stanley said not all insurance companies cover diagnostic mammograms and some women cannot afford the out-of-pocket costs. However, diagnostic mammograms can be the life-saving screening for many.

“We know that early detection saves lives. Only 16% of women having mammograms are asked for a diagnostic follow-up exam, but this information can literally mean the difference between life and death,” said Senator Stanley. “Also, the more advanced a cancer, the more invasive and expensive the treatment, so it will actually save money in the long run.”

Yes HB 3504 is enacted, Oklahoma would join Texas and Arkansas, both of which have already passed similar laws.

“We are thrilled to have the overwhelming support of the House and Senate in the effort to fully cover diagnostic mammograms. Early detection is the key to saving lives, and this legislation removes a barrier to that,” said Rep. Melissa Provenzano, D-District 79, author of HB 3504. “I hope this legislation continues to be successful. and, ultimately, his way to the governor’s office. Women’s health outcomes in our state will benefit immediately and directly. »