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Ask Your Legislator to Support Access to Basic Medical Care:
Restore Medicaid funds for mammograms, x-rays and ultrasound imaging

At a time when regular mammograms have become the accepted standard of care for early detection and prevention of breast cancer deaths, the state of Connecticut has taken a step backwards with budget cuts that will limit access to imaging services for every woman in the state.

Last year, the General Assembly cut $7.5 million from Medicaid reimbursement for imaging services, more than a 42 percent cut in funding that immediately impacted poor women seeking ultrasounds, x-rays and mammograms. With this cut, medical offices are reimbursed $6 for a chest x-ray.

In the long term, the lack of adequate reimbursement for services will likely close the doors of imaging practices, and reduce access for all women, regardless of how they are insured.  A private radiology practice in Meriden has announced it will no longer accept new Medicaid patients. And last summer, one of only two private practices in Hartford closed.

The legislature is considering S.B. 295, a bill that would require the state to study the impact of cuts on access to care. Read S.B. 295 ›

And key leaders of the legislature’s Black and Puerto Rican Caucus have made the issue of restoration of funding a priority. See Senator Marilyn Moore’s recent op-ed ›

We know that mammograms save lives. Connecticut should be adopting policies that make imaging more accessible for women, not balancing the budget by making mammograms harder to get.

Call the Governor’s office and legislative leaders; tell them to restore Medicaid funding for mammograms, x-rays and ultrasound imaging.

In Connecticut:

  • Governor Dannel P. Malloy: 860-566-4840 or 1-800-406-1527

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