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Senator wants HHS website to drop new breast cancer screening recs

Wall Street Journal Health Blog, May 24, 2010

Sen. David Vitter has sent a letter to HHS head Kathleen Sebelius asking her to remove from the agency's website the controversial breast cancer screening recommendations issued last fall by the United States Preventive Services Task Force. Vitter cites an amendment he offered to the healthcare overhaul bill banning those recommendations from being used by insurers to restrict or deny coverage of mammography. The USPSTF recommendations state mammography in women under 50 should not be a blanket policy and should instead be on a case-by-case basis. They also say women between 50 and 74 can get a mammogram every other year rather than annually.