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Find It Early Act, H.R. 3086

Check for a Lump, along with more than 40 organizations, in support of the Find It Early Act, H.R. 3086. This legislation would ensure that all health insurance plans cover screening and diagnostic breast imaging, including mammograms, ultrasounds, and MRI's with no patient cost-sharing.

The statement has been shared with the Find It Early Act sponsors, Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). If you would like further background please check out Reps. DeLauro and Fitzpatrick’s introduction release.


Find It Early Act (HR 3086) Supporting Organizations

Beginning Sept 2024, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will require that women be informed after their mammograms whether their breasts are “dense” or “not dense.” Women with dense breasts or at higher risk of breast cancer (e.g., inherited genetic variations, family/personal history of cancer, or other reason), benefit from increased cancer detection with supplemental screenings such as ultrasound or MRI in addition to their mammogram. Unfortunately, insurance coverage for those tests is not assured and can vary from state to state and insurer to insurer.

We are pleased to support the introduction of the Find It Early Act (HR 3086) introduced by Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Brian Fitzpatrick. The legislation would ensure that all insurance programs cover additional breast imaging at no cost to the patient, close loopholes inherent in individual state insurance laws, and cover both private and public plans including TRICARE and VHA. This law would make possible the earliest stage breast cancer diagnosis possible, when breast cancer is most treatable and survivable.

It is too often the case that women with dense breasts or who are at higher risk are informed they would benefit from additional breast screening, then discover the onus is on them to navigate getting approvals from their insurance provider. This can kick off a frustrating cycle of phone calls, correspondence, denials, appeals and more phone calls. Some of these women, who would clearly benefit from screening in addition to their mammogram, just give up.

The Find it Early Act will help ensure that when a woman is told that her mammogram might not be enough – she will not have to struggle to pay for additional imaging, or choose between household bills and a recommended test, or spread the cost of a test over one year and skip the next year because the cost of the exam has strained her budget.

We strongly support this timely legislation, which will provide life-saving examinations for the many American women who need them.

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians

American College of Radiology

American College of Surgeons

American Society of Breast Surgeons

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

American Society of Radiologic Technologists

AHRA – The Association for Medical Imaging Management

Black Women’s Health Imperative

Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Breast Care for Washington

Brem Foundation to Defeat Breast Cancer

Bright Pink

Check for a Lump

Dana Farber Cancer Institute

DenseBreast-info, Inc.

Elizabeth Wende Breast Care

FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered

Fox Chase Cancer Center

General Federation of Women’s Clubs of North Carolina

Susan G. Komen

Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Lobular Breast Cancer Alliance

Men Supporting Women With Cancer

National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health

National Black Nurses Association

National Consortium of Breast Centers

National Hispanic Medical Association

National Medical Association

National Women’s Health Network

NorthShore University HealthSystem / Teaching Affiliate of the University of Chicago

PA Breast Cancer Coalition

Prevent Cancer Foundation

Radiology Business Management Association

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Service Women’s Action Network


Society of Breast Imaging

Tigerlily Foundation

USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Woman’s Club of Raleigh


With your support we are confident Reps. DeLauro and Fitzpatrick will be able to advance H.R. 3086 through the House Energy and Commerce Committee soon.

Thank you for your time and attention to this important issue.

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