Colorado could buck federal guidance on mammograms
DENVER – Colorado lawmakers are considering changing health insurance rules for mammograms to make sure women over 40 are covered.
The Senate gave initial approval Tuesday to bucking the guidance of a federal task force that women should wait until they’re 50 to get mammograms.
Colorado already requires insurance companies to pay for mammograms but last year lawmakers voted to defer to the federal task force guidelines to determine when coverage should start.
The recommendations then were for women at average risk to start getting mammograms at age 40. The panel reversed that long-standing advice later in the year, igniting a fierce debate.
The bill must pass another vote in the Senate and then go back to the House, which passed another version.
The measure is House Bill 1252.