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January 19, 2010, Volume 56, No. 18

Did You Know?

“Did You Know” is a monthly series that includes valuable tips to help you get the most out of the benefits and services offered by the Division of Human Resources.

Penn’s Health Plan Carriers: Responding to New Cancer Screening Guidelines

Women’s health has garnered much media attention recently due to new cancer screening recommendations made by the US Preventive Services Task Force and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. These new guidelines recommend starting mammograms and cervical cancer screenings at a later age, as well as less frequent mammograms and cervical cancer screenings depending on the woman’s age.

However, the University’s medical plan carriers—Aetna and Independence Blue Cross—have not changed their coverage policies for cancer screenings. All of Penn’s plans provide for annual mammograms beginning at age 40 (or younger for those with a high risk for breast cancer), and annual cervical cancer screenings with no age restrictions.

You can learn more about both carriers’ positions regarding the new screening guidelines by visiting the websites below. For more information on Penn’s medical plans, visit the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu/Benefits/Medical or contact the Penn Benefits Center at 888-PENN-BEN (888-736-6236).

• IBC Position on the USPSTF Recommendations for Breast Cancer Screening, www.ibx.com/news_events/announcements/breast_cancer_screening_position.html

• IBC Position on the ACOG Recommendations for Cervical Cancer Screening with Pap Smears, www.ibx.com/news_events/announcements/cervical_cancer_screening_position.html

• Aetna responds to new cancer screening guidelines, www.aetna.com/health-wellness/aetna-responds-cancer-guidelines.html

 —Division of Human Resources

 

Almanac - January 19, 2010, Volume 56, No. 18