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Health Insurance Mandates, Mammography, and Breast Cancer Diagnoses

  • Marianne P. Bitler
  • Christopher S. Carpenter

We examine the effects of state health insurance mandates requiring coverage of screening mammograms. We find robust evidence that mammography mandates significantly increased mammography screenings by 4.5-25 percent. Effects are larger for women with less than a high school degree in states that ban deductibles, a policy similar to a provision of federal health reform that eliminates cost-sharing for preventive care. We also find that mandates increased detection of early stage in-situ pre-cancers. Finally, we find a substantial proportion of the increased screenings were attributable to mandates that are not consistent with current recommendations of the American Cancer Society.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 16669.

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