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  • NJ A2131
  • Requires insurance coverage for magnetic resonance imaging for women at high risk for breast cancer.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill amends P.L.1991, c.279 to require that health insurers cover a breast examination by magnetic resonance imaging for women who are considered to be at high risk for breast cancer, if the magnetic resonance imaging is recommended by the woman's physician. This coverage would be in addition to that required for a mammogram examination, and according to the same schedule as for a mammogram examination, pursuant to P.L.1991, c.279. The bill defines "high risk for breast cancer" to mean that the woman: --has a family history of breast cancer; or --has a background, ethnicity or coexisting medical condition, or uses a medication, that the physician believes puts the woman at elevated risk for breast cancer. The provisions of this bill that amend P.L.1991, c.279 would apply to hospital, medical and health service corporations, commercial individual and group health insurers, and health maintenance organizations. In addition, the bill expands the scope of required coverage for breast cancer examinations by applying this requirement, for both mammograms and magnetic resonance imaging, to individual health benefits plans and small employer health benefits plans, which are not currently subject to the provisions of P.L.1991, c.279. The bill takes effect on the 180th day after enactment and applies to policies or contracts issued or renewed on or after its effective date.
Financial Institutions and Insurance
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee
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