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State laws relating to breast cancer : legislative summary January 1949 to May 2000
  • Published Date:
    July 2000
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    The following is a digest of significant statutes affecting breast cancer from the 50 states and the District of Columbia. These statutes reflect the past and present concerns of legislatures regarding breast cancer. Most statutes addressing breast cancer are of recent (post-1980) origin, but research has identified relevant laws as far back as 1949. For example, a 1949 Alabama law required that the state Board of Health's program for indigent cancer sufferers include exami­ nations for breast cancer (see p.17). Over the past two decades, state legislatures have addressed a number of different areas relating to breast cancer. In the early 1980s, several states mandated that health insurers reimburse policyholders for breast reconstruction or prosthetics incident to mastectomy. A decade later, with the increasing incidence of breast cancer, the legislative focus turned to prevention. All but one state (Utah) now requires that health insurance policies offer reimbursement for mam­ mography screening. This summary covers all legislation enacted between January 1949 and May 2000. The statutes were identified and obtained by searching LEXIS-NEXIS, an online commercial information service. BClaws.pdf
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