• State Regulations and Legislation

NY Increases Cancer Screening Access

Jun 30, 2016

Legislation signed into law by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week requires state hospitals to offer extended hours for breast cancer screening and expands a program to give paid leave to all public employees for the exam. Additionally, the new law removes deductibles and copayments for screening mammograms.

“Breast cancer affects women of all walks of life, and in New York, we have put forward the most aggressive plan in the nation to increase awareness about this disease and expand access to livesaving resources and services,” Cuomo said in a news release

The legislation is part of a $91 million campaign that will provide support for mobile mammography vans, patient navigators, a public awareness initiative and research on new cancer-related technologies.

The new law builds on breast density notification legislation Cuomo signed in 2012. The new law goes into effect Jan. 15, 2017.

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