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California law has breast exams included in health insurance starting at age 35

Posted On Fri, November 20, 2009

Recently, the U.S. Preventative Task Force issued a ruling that changed the recommended minimum age for women to start getting mammograms.

For some time now, women were recommended to get a breast exam every one or two years starting at the age of 40. Now, the PTF said that women don't have to start doing so until the age of 50, which has brought up the ire of breast cancer survivors.

Women in California, however, do have laws that back up their ability to have health insurance cover baseline mammograms starting at an age that is even earlier than the original recommendations.

California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner said that scientists should keep investigating the best techniques for treating medical problems.

"However, regardless of what recent medical panels have said, state law continues to require insurance companies to cover mammograms for women as early as age 35," Poizner said.

Along with starting at 35, California law dictates that women age 40 to 49 are entitled to a mammogram every two years, while women over 50 are entitled to one every year.

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