Missouri’s Gov. Mike Parson signed bills HB 1682 and SB 551 into law, expanding coverage for breast cancer screening. The laws will permit any woman to have:
- An annual mammography exam deemed by a treating physician to have an above-average risk for breast cancer in accordance with the American College of Radiology® (ACR®) guidelines for breast cancer screening;
- Additional or supplemental imaging, such as breast magnetic resonance imaging or ultrasound, deemed medically necessary by a treating physician for proper breast cancer screening or evaluation in accordance with applicable ACR guidelines; and
- Ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging services, if determined by a treating physician to be medically necessary for the screening or evaluation of breast cancer for any woman deemed by the treating physician to have an above-average risk for breast cancer in accordance with ACR guidelines for breast cancer screening.
Recommendations are based on scientific evidence that breast cancer risk in young women is underestimated in the United States.
The laws are effective August 28, 2020.