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Health Insurance Bill for Uterine Fibroid Surgery Advances


[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] The RI State House.
Editor’s note: The following information was provided by the the Legislative Press and Public Information Bureau.

STATE HOUSE — The House of Representatives Thursday passed legislation introduced by Rep. Camille F.J. Vella-Wilkinson (D-Dist. 21, Warwick) that would provide for health coverage of uterine fibroid treatments.

The bill (2022-H 7561) would provide health care coverage for laparoscopic removal of uterine fibroids, including intraoperative ultrasound guidance and monitoring and radiofrequency ablation.

Uterine fibroids are a noncancerous growth that appear in the uterus usually during childbearing years. Treatment options include hysterectomy, embolization (radiation) and hormone therapy.

“In Rhode Island, a hysterectomy costs $5,000 to $13,700 and is covered by insurance,” said Representative Vella-Wilkinson.  “But a hysterectomy is extremely invasive, painful and although generally released after two to three days, full recovery is typically six to eight weeks. At least 39 states, including Massachusetts, cover a less invasive and less expensive procedure, laparoscopic hysterectomy, to remove fibroids. I would like to see Rhode Island women covered for this as well.”

The measure now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Rob Borkowski
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