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Bill requires insurers in Illinois to cover prostate cancer screenings

Rep. LaShawn K. Ford / Seth Perlman / AP Photo

Legislation awaiting the governor’s signature aims to increase access to prostate cancer screening without co-pays or other cost-sharing in Illinois.

House Bill 5318 would require private insurers in Illinois to provide all qualifying male policyholders with an annual prostate cancer screening upon the recommendations of a physician.

Alison Manson, vice president of government relations for the cancer awareness group ZERO, said eliminating out-of-pocket costs for prostate cancer screening removes a key barrier to early prostate cancer diagnosis.

“There is plenty of research to show that even a small amount of cost sharing, something on the measure of a $5 co-pay, can be a barrier to receiving care,” said Manson.

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source: Kevin Bessler - The City Square