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February 28, 2017

For Immediate Release:

Statement by Bea Grause, President of HANYS, Regarding Insurance Coverage for Medically Necessary Mammograms

We commend Governor Cuomo for taking action today to ensure consistent coverage of medically necessary mammograms, including 3D tomosynthesis.

Last year, HANYS’ Managed Care team worked with member hospitals to address inconsistent insurance coverage of mammography services, including associated copays and deductibles.  Uneven coverage and the personal costs of copays and deductibles can be an obstacle to care for many women.  With support from HANYS’ members and other providers, we developed legislation to address this matter.

We are pleased that the Governor has now acted to make it clear that coverage must be provided for 3D mammography, when medically appropriate.  HANYS recognizes that access and coverage to preventive care is critical to the health of all New Yorkers.

TheHealthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) is the only statewide hospital and continuing care association in New York State, representing 500 non-profit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, and other healthcare organizations.