National Cancer Institute NCI Cancer Bulletin: A Trusted Source for Cancer Research News
July 12, 2011 • Volume 8 / Number 14

Legislative Update

State Cancer Legislative Database Update Now Available

The latest edition of the SCLD Update has been posted on NCI's State Cancer Legislative Database (SCLD) Web site. This issue contains an overview of all new cancer-related measures enacted by state legislatures during the first quarter of 2011.

The issue also features a fact sheet on state laws requiring third-party coverage for cervical cancer screening. Currently, 27 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws requiring third-party insurers to provide coverage for annual screening. (In Maryland, the law applies only to HPV testing.) 

These laws differ in their coverage of specific screening tests and often stipulate age and frequency requirements, either in the text of the law itself or by requiring coverage to conform to the screening guidelines of a particular national organization.

A U.S. map indicating those states with laws requiring third-party coverage for cervical cancer screening enacted as of March 31, 2011