New law requires insurers to cover mammogram screenings

A new law will law require large group insurers to cover medically necessary mammogram screenings.

The legislation, known as “Shannon’s Law,” means women aged 35 to 39 can be insured for medically necessary annual mammograms.

Shannon Saturno, of Long Island, was diagnosed with breast cancer at 28-years-old and passed away at 31.

“By signing this legislation, we are taking another step to break down barriers to breast cancer screening and improve access to health care for all women in New York,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Some insurance companies are only required to cover screenings for women over the age of 40, but over 12,000 cases of breast cancer detected annually are in women under the age of 40, according to the governor’s office.

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