COLUMBUS– State Rep. Sedrick Denson (D-Cincinnati) today announced that House Bill (HB) 371, their bill to update mammography screening technology to allow early detection in dense breast tissue, was signed into law.
“The bill originally passed the Ohio House with zero opposition testimony, and 89 representatives voting in favor and only two against – a rarity for politics, even in Ohio. With bipartisan support, and unanimous support from Ohio’s medical community, HB 371 is a powerful example of what laws can accomplish,” said Rep. Denson. “This bill will save mothers, daughters, wives and sisters by detecting breast cancer earlier and making screenings accessible for all Ohio women.”
This legislation will:
- Improve the patient notification letter informing women of dense breast tissue;
- Allow women of any age or risk factor to receive a yearly mammogram;
- Define mammogram with the inclusion of tomosynthesis;
- Expand coverage for supplemental breast cancer screenings for women with dense breast tissue or with a high-risk factor.