Gov. Phil Scott has signed HB 639, which requires health insurance plans in Vermont to cover additional breast imaging services without imposing cost-sharing requirements.
The bill stipulates that by October 1, 2018, the Department of Financial Regulation will issue a bulletin clarifying the coding structure for screening mammograms, ultrasounds and call-back screenings to health insurers.
The bulletin will specify that call-back mammograms and ultrasounds for patients with inconclusive results of a screening mammogram (BI-RADs 0), the presence of dense breast tissue or both findings shall be covered without patient cost-sharing.
The new law goes into effect January 1, 2019.