As of this September, health insurance companies in Texas are required to cover 3-D mammograms for breast cancer screening and diagnosis. This is thanks to House Bill 1036, which Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law last June.
This bill requires all commercial insurance providers in Texas to fully cover these 3-D mammograms.
Why does covering 3-D Mammograms matter?
Many medical experts consider 3-D mammography to be the most advanced form of breast cancer screening available today. In a 3-D mammogram, a three-dimensional picture of your breast is created (hence the name!). This gives doctors a fuller look at the breast tissue, allowing them to better search the breast for unusual lumps and tumors.
Currently, most plans cover the full cost of only 2-D mammography screenings. 2-D mammography can be an effective form of screening, but it is not as advanced as 3-D screening. Thanks to this bill, starting in September women who would like to undergo breast cancer screening can receive the best possible screening at no cost.
This is a big win for the prevention of breast cancer!
Have you had your annual mammogram? Protect yourself from breast cancer by getting checked by a doctor. This is an important step for your physical health, especially if you are at a high risk for breast cancer.
Are you committed to helping women with breast cancer?
We’d love to hear from you! There are many ways to help the AiRS Foundation.
For example, our patient advocacy program is made up of volunteers from all backgrounds and we’re sure to find a spot for you. We also rely on small donations to fund our grants for breast cancer. If you or a loved one has experienced the effects of cancer, or if you simply want to give back, we hope you’ll consider making a donation to the AiRS Foundation. Every dollar — even just one dollar — makes an enormous impact!
And if you’re a woman in need of reconstruction, don’t hesitate to apply!
Applying for one of our grants for breast reconstruction is easy! We’ve tried our best to make the application as straightforward as possible, and we have a fast return rate so you’ll know the status of your application quickly. Here’s where you can learn more about how to apply. If you are a woman in need of reconstruction, we hope to hear from you. It’s our mission to help you feel whole again!