A local lawmaker is touting a bill recently signed into law by Governor Dannel Malloy. The so-called 3D mammogram bill allows women to have their insurance pay for new and accurate screening tests. The technology was developed by a Danbury-based company.
Deputy House Speaker Bob Godfrey says the accuracy of the technology made by Hologic will ultimately lower costs by preventing false positives that lead to more tests.
Malloy visited Hologic about five years ago and touted their high tech, high paying jobs. At that time, Malloy highlighted their 3D mammogram imaging machines, noting that the precision manufacturing would help save lives and ensure the state's economic future.
Despite his reservations about the bill, Malloy admits the technology will likely become the new standard.
The bill passed the state Senate unanimously. It was approved 139 to 3 in the House.
Godfrey says the Governor had a big decision to make, because big health insurance companies don't like the bill. He says it was a decision between women's health care and local companies or Cigna, Aetna and other big health insurance companies.