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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2440        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1050


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Denise Provost and Patricia D. Jehlen


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to breast cancer early detection.






Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Harriette L. Chandler

First Worcester

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Danielle W. Gregoire

4th Middlesex

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

16th Suffolk

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Paul A. Schmid, III

8th Bristol

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2440        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1050

By Ms. Provost of Somerville and Senator Jehlen, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1050) of Denise Provost and others relative to mammography services and breast cancer early detection for medical assistance recipients.  Health Care Financing. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to breast cancer early detection.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              Section 10D of Chapter 118E of the general laws is hereby amended by adding the following subsection:-

              (b) Every provider of mammography services shall, if a patient’s mammogram reveals dense breast tissue, as determined by the interpreting physician based on standards promulgated by the American College of Radiology, provide notification to such patient that shall include at minimum the following information: 

              1) That the patient’s mammogram shows dense breast tissue.

              2) That dense breast tissue is common and not abnormal, but that dense breast tissue may increase the risk of breast cancer.

              3) That dense breast tissue can make it more difficult to find cancer on a mammogram, and that sometimes additional testing is needed for reliable breast cancer screening. 

              4) The interpreting physician’s determination whether or not additional testing is recommended for the patient. If additional testing is recommended, then the interpreting physician shall make or note the need for an appropriate referral.

              5) That under the Massachusetts Patient’s Bill of Rights, the patient has the right to discuss the results of the patient’s mammogram with the interpreting radiologist or the referring physician. 

              6) That a report of the patient’s mammogram has been sent to the referring physician, and will become part of the patient’s medical record.

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