HB 703 would mandate that millions of dollars be added to the healthcare system and encourage misuse and overuse.
HB 703 would mandate that millions of dollars be added to the healthcare system and encourage misuse and overuse. Specifically, the bill mandates that individuals and businesses, through their insurance premiums, pay for advanced diagnostic imaging tests such as MRIs and breast ultrasounds at the same level as a preventive screening mammography. Screening mammograms are considered a preventative service with no cost share under the ACA, whereas diagnostic tests are not considered preventive. The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends conventional mammography for screening. Mandating zero cost share for diagnostic tests would cause more than $7 million in estimated premium escalation. It could also encourage overuse and misuse as tests such as MRIs and diagnostic breast ultrasounds more expensive for patients – and more profitable for providers.