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May 26, 2009 -- 5:45pm EDT

Breaking News -- Texas Senate Passes Calcium Scoring Bill
On Saturday May 23, the Texas State Senate passed the Texas Heart Attack Preventive Screening Bill (HR 1290) by a vote of 26-5. This is significant because it mandates insurers in Texas to cover Calcium Scoring, the first legislature to do so. There was some controversy back in March when this bill was being discussed, but it has now passed. More details shortly.

Late update: Leaders of the Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE) have issued a press release explaining how this legislation will benefit patients and reduce costs. They are urging Texas Governor Rick Perry to sign the bill into law.

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