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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: September 11, 2017 02:27 PM
From: Senator Andrew E. Dinniman
To: All Senate members
Subject: Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Test Insurance Coverage

As a prostate cancer survivor whose PSA test result was a key factor in determining the disease, I will soon introduce legislation to ensure that all health insurance policies provide coverage for the PSA test.

While almost all private insurers cover PSA test, it is not mandated. This legislation would require insurance coverage for PSA test for:
  1. Men who are ALL of the following:
    1. 55 years or age or older
    2. Expected to live at least 10 or more years
    3. Diagnosed as having an average risk of prostate cancer
  2. Men who are BOTH of the following:
    1. 45 years of age or older
    2. Diagnosed as having a high risk of prostate cancer by having either one first-degree relative who had prostate cancer before 50 years of age or any other indicator of a high risk of prostate cancer.
  3. Men who are diagnosed as having a higher risk of prostate cancer by having more than one first-degree relative who had prostate cancer before 50 years of age.
New research recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine concluded that screening men over 55 “can significantly reduce the risk for prostate cancer death”.

I hope you will join me in sponsoring this legislation of great importance to men’s preventive health.

Introduced as SB918