SPRINGFIELD, Ill., June 11 — Governor JB Pritzker, D-Illinoisissued the following press release on June 10, 2022:
In recognition of National Men’s Health Month, Governor JB Pritzker today signed legislation requiring health insurance and managed care plans to enable screening for prostate cancer.
Under Bill 5318, health insurance and managed care plans are required to provide prostate cancer screenings without imposing deductibles, coinsurance, copayments, or any other cost-sharing requirements . This legislation is effective January 1, 2024.
“Preventive health care is the best health care of all, and it doesn’t take breaking the bank to get it,” Governor JB Pritzker said. “My administration is working hard to tear down the walls that too often separate working families from their healthiest and happiest lives. Illinoiswe’re building the kind of health care system people deserve because we know health care is a right, not a privilege.”
About 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, with an average age of diagnosis of 66. About 6 in 10 cases are diagnosed in men age 65 or older, although the diagnosis is rare in men younger than 40. In 2022 alone, there were approximately 268,000 new cases of prostate cancer, with 34,500 deaths from the disease.
Since Governor Pritzker took office, the administration took steps to expand access to equitable, patient-centered health systems in historically underserved communities. This includes eliminating the Medicaid backlog and expanding telehealth coverage, providing quality health services to vulnerable populations to identify early signs of cancer or other illnesses earlier, regardless of or where the patient resides.
Additionally, earlier this week the Governor announced a $20 million Rebuild Illinois capital plan investment to establish the new Humboldt Park Health and Wellness Center .
“I know the personal cost of waiting too long to be diagnosed with prostate cancer – including more aggressive treatment, more side effects and more anguish for a man and his loved ones,” said Representative The Shawn K. Ford (D-Chicago). “For black men in particular, early detection and diagnosis of prostate cancer can mean the difference between successful treatment and a life that ends too soon. I am proud to know that, thanks to HB 5318, the cost screening will not be an obstacle for so many men in Illinois.”
“It’s important to be aware of your health risks — this bill will make prostate cancer screenings more available to men across the state,” the state senator said. Emile Jones III (D-Chicago). “Prostate cancer is life-threatening – a simple test can catch it early and save a life.”
“I am happy to have supported HB5318 through the General assembly and to be a witness as Governor Pritzker the sign in law,” said the state representative Nicholas Smith (D-Chicago). “This vital legislation will ensure that prostate cancer screening is available without co-pays or other cost sharing. By making screenings more available and accessible to all men in Illinoishigh-risk individuals can take necessary precautions early without financial barriers.”
“Expanding access to affordable prostate cancer screenings is a critical part of improving the quality of health care in Illinois“, said the representative of the State Lakesia Collins (D-Chicago). “Prostate cancer affects countless men as they age and catching it early will save lives. Signing this legislation will create a safer future for tens of thousands of people. Illinois Men.”
“Removing barriers such as financial barriers makes early detection more accessible and affordable for men, and helps save lives,” said Jamie Bearse, CEO and President of ZERO. “ZERO is proud to have led the advocacy effort for this influential legislation in Illinois and is grateful to politicians such as Ford Representative and Governor Pritzker for their support and work in the fight against prostate cancer.”
“Illinois has just taken a big step forward in the fight against prostate cancer,” said John Salata, a cancer survivor and an advocate for ZERO. “Early detection is the key to a positive outcome and men will no longer have a cost barrier to testing.”
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Original text here: https://www.illinois.gov/news/press-release.25036.html