Congress pushes for women to have coverage for health screenings - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/3/09

Congress pushes for women to have coverage for health screenings

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Congress has now gotten involved in the mammogram debate and is trying to make sure women get coverage for health screenings.  Under the Senate plan pushed through Thursday, insurance would be required to cover screenings with no out-of-pocket cost.

"The insurance companies also simply take being a woman as a pre-existing condition," said Barbara Mikulski, Senator of Maryland.

The new Senate plan would include:  mammograms for women under 50 and screenings for cervical cancer, post partum depression and domestic violence. The Senate added all this onto the big health care reform package so, the problem now is the Senate protection plan will not work unless the bigger health care reform is passed and that is slow going.

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