Senator Jones


CHICAGO State Senator Emil Jones III (D-Chicago) is sponsoring legislation to mandate and require private insurers to allow men to get annual prostate cancer screenings free-of-charge.

“It’s important to be aware of your health risks — this bill will make prostate cancer screenings more accessible for men across the state,” Jones said. “Prostate cancer is life threatening — a simple test can detect it early and save a life.”

House Bill 5318 would require private insurers to provide all qualifying male policyholders with an annual prostate cancer screening upon the recommendations of a physician.

Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men, and its risk increases with age. The American Urological Association estimates that more than 10,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year.

“This life saving screening can make the difference in someone’s life and should be more affordable and accessible,” Jones said.

The measure passed the Senate and will now head to the governor for further action.