State Sen. Kelly honored for breast cancer screening law

State Sen. Kevin C. Kelly, whose district includes Shelton, has received an award for Outstanding Commitment to Quality Health Care and Patient Access from the Radiological Society of Connecticut (RSC) for his work during the 2012 legislative session.

Kelly, the ranking Republican on the legislature’s Insurance and Real Estate Committee, worked to pass legislation to expand women’s healthcare coverage.

“Because conventional mammograms do not catch every tumor, women with dense breast tissue are often advised to receive the more costly MRI screening,” he said. “Thanks to the new law, insurance companies will be required to cover this life-saving procedure.”

Access to breast cancer screening

Kelly co-sponsored legislation that focused on improving access to breast cancer screening. The law now requires all insurers to cover sophisticated testing for women when a mammogram is not effective due to dense breast tissue or if there is an increased risk of breast cancer.

Magnetic resonance imaging has proven to be effective in detecting cancer cells in women who have dense breast tissue. The legislation reduces concerns that some patients may have when considering the high cost of these sophisticated tests.

The measure was signed into law by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in June 2012.

An association of medical doctors

Kelly received the award at the RSC’s semi-annual membership meeting at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven.

The RSC is an association of medical doctors who practice radiology and imaging. Members of the profession use diagnostic images to diagnose and treat diseases. It has nearly 400 members statewide and is an affiliate of the American College of Radiology. Learn more at

Kelly is in his second term serving the 21st Senate District, which includes all or part of Monroe, Seymour, Shelton and Stratford. He lives in Stratford.