Missouri House Passes Limits On Invasive Exams When Patients Are Unconscious, Under Anesthesia

(MISSOURINET) – Missouri doctors and doctors-in-training can legally exam patients under anesthesia or who are unconscious without the patient knowing it. The Missouri House has passed a wide-ranging public health package that would ban prostate, anal and pelvic exams without consent – in many cases. State Representative Hannah Kelly, a Republican from southern Missouri’s Mountain Grove, is the bill handler in the House.

The plan also contains provisions that would require health insurance companies to cover the full cost of follow-up exams used to diagnose breast cancer if an initial mammogram finds potential problems. It heads back to the Senate with changes.