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HRT alternatives bill

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Legislation to "provide for coverage of hormone replacement therapy and alternative treatments for HRT under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, group health plans and individual health insurance coverage" introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.). HR 5204 notes "33% of women in the U.S. who are undergoing menopause routinely use" HRT alternatives, such as soy, black cohosh, red clover. Bill would limit coverage to therapies recommended by a licensed healthcare provider and "proven safe and effective in peer-reviewed scientific studies." Introduced on July 24, legislation follows early termination of research raising concerns about the safety of long-term HRT use...
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