Text: H.R.7123 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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116th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 7123


To amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to require group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage to provide benefits for lung cancer screenings for certain individuals without the imposition of cost sharing.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 8, 2020

Mr. Brendan F. Boyle of Pennsylvania introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to require group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage to provide benefits for lung cancer screenings for certain individuals without the imposition of cost sharing.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Katherine’s Lung Cancer Early Detection and Survival Act of 2020”.

SEC. 2. Findings.

Congress finds the following:

(1) Lung cancer is the number 1 killer of all cancers.

(2) Lung cancer causes more deaths than prostate cancer, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer combined.

(3) The reason for the extremely low 5-year survival rate in lung cancer patients is the difficulty to find it at early stages (as patients have no symptoms at early stages).

(4) For all stages of lung cancer, the overall 5-year survival rate is 19 percent, while such rate is 98 percent for prostate cancer and 90 percent for breast cancer (all stages).

(5) Early detection of lung cancer through screening could dramatically increase survival rates for patients.

(6) Current law mandates free screening for breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer at much earlier ages than for lung cancer, regardless of preexisting conditions of the individual to be screened.

(7) Free screening starts at age 40 for breast cancer but for lung cancer does not start until age 55, and then and only for those with a history of smoking thirty or more packs of cigarettes per year.

(8) This Act would save lives and money through early detection of lung cancer by starting free screening at age 40.

SEC. 3. Requiring coverage of lung cancer screenings for certain individuals without cost sharing.

(a) In general.—Section 2713(a) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300gg–13(a)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (2), by striking “and” at the end;

(2) in paragraph (3), by striking the period at the end and inserting a semicolon;

(3) in paragraph (4), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”;

(4) by redesignating paragraph (5) as paragraph (6); and

(5) by inserting after paragraph (4) the following new paragraph:

“(5) with respect to individuals 40 years of age or older, lung cancer screenings, regardless of the smoking history (if any) of such an individual.”.

(b) Effective date.—The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2021.


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