Federal law mandating comprehensive care of breast cancer patients

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All Marketplace health plans and many other plans must cover the following list of preventive services for women without charging a copayment or coinsurance.This is true even if you haven’t met your yearly deductible.

The program will pay for the purchase of breast prosthesis.

a Cervical Cancer Committee of the Maryland Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan; requiring the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to staff the Committee; providing for the duties of the Committee; and requiring the Committee to present findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly annually for 5 years beginning October 1, 2004.

candy-like products that contain tobacco to the definition of tobacco products prohibited to be sold to or possessed by a minor. the September 30, 2003 termination date for insurance coverage for specified home visits following a mastectomy or surgical removal of a testicle. the right to have pain assessed, managed, and treated to the patient's bill of rights for hospitals and related institutions; requiring specified other health care facilities to add pain management to any patient's bill of rights or similar document distributed; establishing a State Advisory Council on Pain Management; specifying the membership, terms, and purpose of the Council; providing for the termination of a portion of the Act; etc

PDF This bill requires health insurers, nonprofit health service plans, and HMOs (carriers) to cover the cost of hair prostheses for individuals whose hair loss results from chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer. PDF Establishing a Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program and a Cancer Prevention, Education, Screening, and Treatment Program in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; providing that the programs shall be funded as provided in the State budget with money from the Cigarette Restitution Fund; authorizing the Legislative Auditor to audit the appropriations and expenditures made for purposes of the programs; etc.

Requiring the Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene to establish the Oral Health Program to prevent and detect oral cancer in the State with a specified focus and intent; targeting the program to the needs of high-risk underserved populations; requiring the Secretary to establish the Prevent Oral Cancer Pilot Program to screen, refer, and treat high-risk underserved adults; etc.

Hispanic/Latina women have the highest incidence of cervical cancer compared to other races/ethnicities.

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