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Senate backs preventive healthcare for women

New York Times, December 4, 2009

The Senate voted to require health insurance companies to provide free mammograms and other preventive services to women. The 61-to-39 vote on health benefits for women would, in effect, override new recommendations from a federal advisory panel that said routine mammograms should begin at age 50, rather than 40, the New York Times reports. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) proposed the coverage requirement as an amendment to the health legislation, and said it could save millions of lives.