Raia Supports Insurance Coverage For Dense Breast Tissue Exams

May 7, 2012

Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C-East Northport) is co-sponsoring legislation that would require insurance companies to cover supplemental screenings, such as an MRI or ultrasound, for women with dense breast tissue. This legislation also would require that mammography reports explain medical facts and the need for additional tests to patients with this condition.

"When I first heard that as many as 50 percent of tumors go undetected in women who have dense breast tissue, I was alarmed," said Raia. "A womanís routine mammogram isnít enough for women with this condition and, to make matters worse, insurance companies do not provide coverage for additional testing. I applaud Assemblywoman Jaffee and Senator Flanagan for drafting this critical legislation."

Medical studies have shown that breast cancer is four to six times more likely in women with dense breast tissue. Standard annual mammograms fail to detect approximately 40 to 50 percent of tumors in dense tissue.

"Requiring insurance companies to cover the costs of these additional tests will give peace of mind to women who have this condition," said Raia. "They will no longer have to worry about high screening costs; rather, they will be able to concentrate on their health, which should be their first priority."