Kupchick pushes for enhanced breast cancer screening

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132)

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132)

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132), who is a member of the Insurance and Real Estate committee, voted in favor of a bill to provide Connecticut women with access to comprehensive breast cancer screenings for early detection of breast cancer.

The legislation HB-5832, An Act Concerning Health Insurance Coverage For Tomosynthesis For Breast Cancer Screenings would make tomosynthesis available through health insurance coverage when an annual mammogram demonstrates heterogeneous or dense breast tissue or if a woman is believed to be at increased risk for breast cancer due to family history or prior personal history of breast cancer, positive genetic testing or other indications as determined by a woman’s physician or advanced practice registered nurse.

Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) can provide a higher diagnostic accuracy compared to conventional mammography. In DBT, like conventional mammography, compression is used to improve image quality and decreases radiation dose. Dense breasts can make it hard to find breast cancer on a mammogram. Dense breast tissue can look white or light gray on a mammogram. Cancer can also look white or light gray.

“If this test for early detection of breast cancer can provide some measure of comfort to Connecticut women and offer more accurate results which can potentially save lives, we should definitely push for this health coverage,” said Rep. Kupchick of the legislature’s Insurance and Real Estate committee.

Current, Connecticut law requires insurance companies under certain circumstances to cover the cost of a comprehensive ultrasound screening if a mammogram shows dense breast tissue.

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