Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 371

enacting new Breast Cancer Screening practices

OHIO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: Office of Rep. Jean Schmidt

COLUMBUS, OH (June 24, 2022) – State Representative Jean Schmidt (R-Loveland) announced today, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed bipartisan breast cancer screening legislation into law.

State Rep. Jean Schmidt speaking on the House floor in support of Breast Cancer Screening Bill (Provided)

House Bill 371, sponsored by Schmidt and Sedrick Denson (D-Cincinnati), is life-saving legislation that will require insurance companies to cover additional screenings for individuals at a high risk for breast cancer or who have dense breast tissue.

“These new practices are the attentive measures Ohio women deserve,” said Schmidt. “Early detection is possible thanks to modern medicine and is the best chance at battling the disease; it was this body’s responsibility as lawmakers to ensure the technology was available to patients.”  

Ohio State Rep Jean Schmidt at UC Health announcing the passing of Breast Cancer Screening bill (Photo Credit FOX 19 News)

The lawmakers developed provisions that ensure women in Ohio have access to advanced screenings capable of detecting breast cancer early. Better than the traditional mammogram, patients will now be able to receive tomosynthesis screenings to capture more detailed images. Supplemental screenings will also be covered by insurance companies and will include technology such as MRIs and ultrasounds. There is no age limit on any of the screenings.

The legislation not only makes these forms of testing possible, but gives patients the tools to advocate for themselves. An improved patient notification letter was written into the bill, which will inform women and men about the condition of their breast tissue, detailed information about the additional screenings and will encourage consultations with doctors.

Before arriving on DeWine’s desk, the legislation received constant support from the Ohio House and Senate. State lawmakers passed the bill unanimously at every stage of the process.

Having received similar support from DeWine, the bill will go into effect 90 days after receiving his signature. Patients can look forward to the new practices in September.

State Representative Jean Schmidt is serving her first term in the Ohio House of Representatives. She represents the 65th house district, which includes northwestern Clermont County.

For more information, contact Rep. Schmidt’s office at (614) 466-8134 or rep65@ohiohouse.gov.