Other health-related proposals

CANCER: Senate Minority Leader Dina Titus, D-Las Vegas, is sponsoring a bill that would require insurers to cover the new cervical cancer vaccine. Currently, Nevada insurers are required to cover birth control pills and mammograms.

PROSTATE: Sen. Bob Coffin, D-Las Vegas, is sponsoring a bill that requires insurers to provide coverage for certain prostate cancer screening procedures.

APOLOGIES: Sen. Joe Heck, R-Henderson, is sponsoring a bill that would shield doctors from having their apologies to patients used in later litigation against them. "I'm sorry laws" passed in other states have been shown to decrease the number of medical malpractice cases that go to trial, Heck said.

VIRUS TESTS: Sen. Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, is sponsoring a bill that would require hospitals and clinics to offer pregnant women rapid testing for the human immunodeficiency virus.

PHARMACY BOARD: Sen. Mike Schneider, D-Las Vegas, says he wants to "send a message" and abolish the state Board of Pharmacy for not cracking down on pharmacists who refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control or morning-after pills.

"When the doctor prescribes something for the health of the patient, they (pharmacists) have to do it. If they don't want to do that, they can go sell shoes," Schneider said.

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