Insurance and Real Estate Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-12

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR BREAST MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING.

Vote Date:

2/21/2012

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

2/16/2012

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Insurance and Real Estate Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

To require insurance coverage for a comprehensive ultrasound screening and magnetic resonance imaging where a mammogram is insufficient in dense breast tissue screening.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None Expressed

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Dr. Jean Weigert , Director, Executive Board of The Radiological Society of Connecticut, spoke on behalf of the RSC in support of the bill, “because it clarifies that standards over Ultrasound and MRI will be those that are in the current statue.” They believe that these statues are sufficient standards to guide the implementation of this important law for woman with dense breast and will be accepted and implemented by their referring physicians.

Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. President and Founder of Are You Dense,Inc and Are you Dense Advocacy,Inc., stated in a written testimony that SB 12 explains the criteria for coverage of MRI's for woman with dense breast tissue. It will give both physicians and patient's access to reliable information for early detection of breast cancer. Detecting cancer in the earliest stage is the best defense against this disease.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Mark DeFrancesco, MD,FACOG Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director for Woman's Health of Connecticut submitted a written testimony strongly opposing “SB 12 primarily because of the unintended consequences of these proposals.” If passed the cost of medical care would increase and the spike of unnecessary MRI's would strain the system.

Eric George, Associate Counsel for CBIA submitted written testimony asking the committee to reject bill SB 12. The cost of health care is rising; some providers are unable to generate sufficient patient revenue to cover the cost. Health Insurance has become a product that many can no longer afford. The cost of health care directly also affects businesses ability to create new jobs. Therefore CBIA ask the committee “to refrain from making this already high cost of health insurance even more unaffordable for the sate's companies and residents.”

Reported by: Poppy Sun

Date: February 27, 2012