Vermont Governor Jim Douglas (R) signed a bill this week requiring insurance companies to help cover the cost mammograms. Under the new law, companies will be able to charge a maximum $25 co-payment, according to the Daily Women’s Health Policy Report.
“Studies suggest cost is a factor in whether women seek and receive mammography services,” Gov. Douglas told the Times-Argus. “This law is to encourage every woman to get regular mammogram.”
Mammograms are one of the most reliable tools for detecting breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths for Vermont women, reports WCAX News. Women over the age of 40 are urged to receive mammograms annually.