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July 20, 2016 – Governor Bruce Rauner signs Senate Bill 466 to require insurance plans in Illinois, including Medicaid, to cover breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography.

Governor Rauner recently visited Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge to sign SB 466 into law. The new law expands the current requirement that insurance companies must cover low-dose mammography, to also require that breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, be included in a patient’s insurance coverage. Women in Illinois will now have greater access to the established clinical and cost effective technology for breast cancer detection, approved for use by the FDA in 2011.

Democratic state Sen. John Mulroe and Republican state Rep. Michael McAuliffe, sponsors of the bill, also attended the bill signing. Both explained they were introduced to the technology a few years ago, and have been working to increase access to 3D mammography for Illinois women ever since. The Illinois Radiological Society, led by our lobbying team in Springfield, Jessica Nardulli and Tom Ryder, worked closely with both sponsors, members of the Illinois General Assembly, the Governor’s office, and other advocates over the course of those years to achieve passage of this new law. The IRS should be very proud that those efforts have placed Illinois at the forefront of the fight against breast cancer by expanding awareness and increasing access. Only Illinois and Pennsylvania have passed as comprehensive of a law.