New mammography legislation recently introduced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo allows women better access to the breast health care and services they need.
The law eliminates annual deductibles, copays and coinsurances for women with state insurance. State insurance companies will be responsible for full payment of some breast imaging services, such as screening and diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds and MRIs.
The law was created to encourage women to seek medical services when needed, rather than postponing due to a financial burden. Not all services are covered in full under the law, and insurance companies based outside New York are not required to follow the regulations.
State employers will be required to give employees four hours of leave each year for breast cancer screening. State hospitals and hospital extension clinics are required to have extended screening hours for at least four hours per week to help women who have difficulty scheduling mammograms during the typical workday.