Senator Kari Dziedzic’s Legislation to Cover Wigs for Cancer-Related Hair Loss Included in Health and Human Services Bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Friday, May 3 the Senate passed SF4699, the omnibus Health and Human Services supplemental budget bill, which will expand health insurance coverage for Minnesotans and build a more comprehensive and accessible mental health system. A provision by Senator Kari Dziedzic (DFL-Minneapolis) requiring insurance companies to cover the cost of wigs for cancer-related hair loss was included in the bill.

The provision requires insurance coverage for costs related to wigs and accessories in public and private plans. Minnesota currently requires wigs to be covered for patients with alopecia, but not alopecia caused by cancer. Senator Dziedzic announced in February that she was undergoing treatment for a recurrence of cancer. 

“More than 37,000 Minnesotans will get cancer this year, and while not all of them will lose their hair, some will,” said Senator Dziedzic. “We know that losing your hair during chemotherapy or radiation can have a negative impact on the quality of life for patients. The psychological impacts range from loss of self-esteem, social anxiety, depression, in addition to the financial and time burdens of concealing your hair loss. I want to thank Senator Melissa Wiklund for all her important work on the Health and Human Services bill and for including this provision to make this coverage possible for Minnesotans facing cancer.” 

“Throughout my career I have learned from Minnesotans about systems, including health care systems, that exclude them or create unnecessary barriers. This is one step we can take to break down some barriers and make wigs more accessible for Minnesotans facing cancer.”

The Omnibus Health and Human Services Omnibus supplemental budget bill passed the Senate Floor and awaits passage by the House.

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Kari Dziedzic represents District 60, which includes Seward, Cedar Riverside, Southeast and Northeast Minneapolis.

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