Note: This fact sheet was updated May 18, 2023, to add a description in paragraph two of the impact that the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 will have on the implications of the Braidwood decision.
A recent federal court decision could lead to more than 22 million women losing access to no-cost mammogram screenings.
A provision within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that was struck down requires insurers to provide certain preventive services with no cost-sharing for patients.
2018 data show that 22.2 million women ages 50 to 64 were enrolled in a private health plan and were eligible for a free mammogram under the ACA.
More than 60 percent of these women (13.4 million) reported having a mammogram within the previous two years.
Researchers note that when not covered by insurance, mammograms can cost patients up to $560 in out-of-pocket expenses.
2.4 million women surveyed (11%) reported already delaying or skipping medical care due to cost in the prior year.
Millions of women have benefitted from free mammogram screenings under the ACA. Recent litigation surrounding preventive healthcare puts patients at risk of losing access to life-saving screenings.
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