Mandated Benefits Review - Senate Bill 39 - Executive Summary

After reviewing the submissions for Senate Bill 39 - the Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Services Act-the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council does not find evidence to oppose this bill at this time. We raise concerns, however, about the efficacy of prostate cancer screening (one of the benefits addressed in this bill). The Council has concerns, too, about the cumulative impact which mandated benefits have on health care, including their potential contribution to rising health care costs, the ability of employers to provide health insurance benefits to their employees, and their potential to increase the number of uninsured. Our conclusions are based on the following: