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  • 12.17.15

    AMIC Commends Congress for Including PALS Act in Year-End Legislation

    Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) commends Congress for including the Protect Access to Lifesaving Screenings (PALS) Act (H.R. 3339 and S. 1926) in the Omnibus Spending bill filed yesterday and urges its final passage.

    “Hitting the pause button on the task force’s recommendation will help ensure greater access to mammography – especially for women between ages 40 and 49,” said Tim Trysla, executive director of AMIC. “Mammography is essential for detecting and treating breast cancer, and patients who have access to this screening tool have a greater chance of survival.”

    If passed, the PALS Act would place a two-year moratorium on implementation of the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) draft recommendations on screening mammography.

    Those recommendations include that only women aged 50 to 74 should receive biennial mammography screenings, and that mammography before the age of 50 years should be only based on individual circumstances.

    Trysla said that the moratorium will also allow for more time for alignment on disparate breast cancer screening guidelines which will ensure continued access to life-saving breast cancer screening without coverage restrictions or burdensome cost-sharing.

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    The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition represents physicians, medical providers, and patient organizations throughout the U.S. It also includes health technology firms that manufacture imaging equipment and supplies and that employ tens of thousands of workers. Thus, AMIC represents those who develop medical imaging technologies, those who apply it, and those who benefit from it.

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