June 09, 2017

Texas Governor Considers DBT Coverage Mandate

Texas may soon become the seventh state to require private insurance coverage of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), pending Gov. Greg Abbott’s response to House Bill 1037, a mandated coverage requirement that received legislative approval May 30. Abbott has 21 days to sign the bill, or it will become law without his signature.

Arkansas and Maryland have successfully secured DBT coverage for DBT mandates in 2017, and they are in place in Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Legislation is pending in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Ohio.

New Jersey is looking to expand coverage for DBT when screening for breast cancer in women 40 years of age and over and for diagnostic purposes in women of any age. See Statescape for state-by-state summaries of medical imaging and other health care-related legislative activity.