Senate Affirms Screening Mammography for 40-Year-Olds

After a slow start to floor debate on the healthcare reform bill, senators approved an amendment on Thursday that would require health insurers to cover mammograms for women ages 40 to 49. In a 61-to-39 vote, the Senate dealt a significant blow to the power and credibility of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), by essentially deciding to disregard the task force's recent recommendation that women under 50 shouldn't undergo routine mammograms. The bipartisan amendment, sponsored...Full Story
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