October 04, 2018

California Breast Cancer Screening Bill Vetoed

California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed AB 2342, a bill that would have required the state’s health care service plans, health insurers, and the State Department of Health Care Services to cover breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility screening as recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

The bill would have covered screening, genetic counseling and testing for the BRCA breast cancer susceptibility gene mutations in women who have not been diagnosed with cancer and do not have symptoms of the disease but have an increased risk based on specific family history risk factors.

The legislation would have also classified a willful violation of provisions of health care service plans as a crime.

In his veto statement, Brown expressed concern about the measure’s fiscal impact. It was returned to the legislature where it can be prioritized with other spending proposals next year.