May 17, 2018

Louisiana Moves Closer to a DBT Coverage Mandate

Louisiana’s HB 460, a bill to require insurance coverage of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) passed both the state House and Senate as of May 17 and moved on to the office of Gov. John Bel Edwards for approval.

The legislation adds DBT to the current definition of "minimum mammography examination." Tomosynthesis is further defined as “a radiologic procedure that involves the acquisition of projection images over the stationary breast to produce cross-sectional digital three-dimensional images.”

The legislation also requires the minimum mammography exam to be a covered service and applicable to new policies, contracts, programs or health coverage plans issued on and after January 1, 2019, including the Louisiana Office of Group Benefits and for women aged 40 and older in the Louisiana Medicaid program. If signed by the governor, the law will go into effect January 1, 2019.

Separately, Edwards joined health care, government and business officials May 11 to announce a statewide collaboration to address Louisiana’s high cancer rate. Taking Aim at Cancer in Louisiana will emphasize early detection, health care access, and improved treatment and clinical outcomes, according to news reports. The Louisiana Cancer Research Center will coordinate the program.