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LOW DOSE CT (LDCT) LUNG CANCER SCREENING
Due to the highly effective nature of LDCT for lung cancer screening in current or prior chronic smokers, MSSNY supports screening patients meeting five established criteria. These include:
CMS has waived Medicare coinsurance and Part B deductible for this preventive service and has reduced its hospital reimbursement (https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/lung-cancer-screening.html). It is covered by NYS Medicaid and by some Medicare Advantage plans. The US Preventive Services Task Force requires coverage by private insure carriers. Additional information is available at the Lung Association’s CT page on Medicare (http://www.lung.org/assets/documents/lung-cancer/interactive-library/lung-cancer-insurance-chart.pdf).
PLEASE HELP TO GET THESE PATIENTS REFERRED FOR SCREENING
Allowing Enhanced Religious Exemptions for School Based Immunizations Passed in Senate Education Committee
Senate Bill 6141D, sponsored by Senator Martin Golden, which would allow the admission of certain unvaccinated students to public schools, has passed out of the NYS Senate’s Education Committee and is reported to the Senate Finance Committee.
The passage of this bill is the first time that this bill has been voted on by members of any Senate committee. S. 6141-D amends the Education Law to provide the procedure for religious exemptions from vaccination requirements. Under the bill, a parent or guardian would complete a religious beliefs vaccination exemption form to ensure a public school district does not deny admission to their unvaccinated child. A religious exemption is currently allowable under NY State law, but the exemption allows the school institution to make a decision on whether the student should be exempt from vaccination.
This bill, if passed by the Legislature, would force schools to accept the form and allow unvaccinated students to enter the school. Its companion measure, A. 8123B, sponsored by Assemblymember Richard Gottfried, chair of the Assembly Health Committee, is also pending before the Assembly’s Education Committee.
Voting against the bill in the Senate Education Committee were: Senators Serrano, Mayer, and Brooks. Voting Yes, without recommendation were: Senators Peralta, Serino, Lavalle, Little, Stavisky and voting Yes were: Senators Marcellino, Gallivan, Avella, Hamiliton, Lanza, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Seward, Addabbo, Breslin. Senator Croci was listed as excused and Senator Montgomery was absent.
Physicians are urged to write to the members of the NYS Legislature and urge that this bill not be enacted.
To write a letter go to the MSSNY Grassroots Action Center.
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