Senators Schiavoni & Brown Seek Insurance Coverage For HPV Screenings
Legislation modeled after recommendations from Center for Disease Control
January 10, 2013
 
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Columbus – Today, State Senators Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) announced that they will introduce legislation requiring insurance providers in Ohio to cover human papillomavirus (HPV) screenings and vaccinations. 

The legislation is modeled after recommendations provided by the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will ensure that all insurance companies in Ohio will provide benefits to cover expenses related to two vaccinations approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to fight the HPV disease.  

“The human papillomavirus and cervical cancer continue to affect too many families across the country,” said Senator Schiavoni.  “However, studies show that early detection and treatments available through vaccinations can be very effective.”

According to the CDC, HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States with approximately 20 million people currently infected in the U.S. Half of those infected are adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15 and 24. 

“The time is now to address this issue head on through legislation that allows for greater preventative screenings and treatments in the state of Ohio. By providing our citizens with broader insurance coverage, we can help provide Ohioans with easier access to both prevent and treat HPV.”

As reported in the January 7, 2013 edition of The Columbus Dispatch, “a recent collaborative report indicated that the numbers of HPV-linked cancers of the tonsils and the back of the tongue have increased significantly.” More specifically, “HPV infections and their connection to an increase in throat cancer and anal cancer are considered an area for improvement.”

“We cannot continue to ignore reports from experts such as the CDC, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries regarding the prevalence of HPV cases. This disease affects young and adult members of our society, males and females alike, and has given rise to related cancers that can often lead to death,” said Senator Brown.

In the past, cervical cancer claimed the lives of more American women than any other type of cancer. But due to the widespread advancement of cervical cancer screening procedures, such as the Pap test, both the number of occurrences and deaths have reduced significantly.  Despite these advances, U.S. screening programs are not reaching all women in the United States.

“The oft-quoted adage, ‘An ounce of prevention, is worth a pound of cure’ may well be applied to this opportunity for future savings in health care costs,” said Senator Brown.

Columbus Dispatch: Federal report: HPV-linked cancers on the rise

 

 
 
 
  
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