Breast Cancer Bills Move on to Full Senate for a Vote

HARRISBURG- Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) was joined by the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee yesterday, where Senate Bill 1225 and Senate Bill 1330 advanced out of committee.

Senate Bill 1225, sponsored by Senator Mensch, requires health insurance policies to cover, without patient cost-sharing, an annual supplemental breast screening for women with a high lifetime risk of breast cancer.

Senate Bill 1330, sponsored by Senator Kim Ward, requires health insurance policies to cover, without patient cost-sharing, genetic counseling & genetic testing for BRCA 1 & BRCA 2 gene mutations.

Statistics show that 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. While not exclusive to women, breast cancer will count for over 276,000 new cases this year in the United States, and almost 50,000 cases in Pennsylvania. It is stated that this disease will claim the lives of roughly 42,000 women nationwide, and an estimated 2,000 in Pennsylvania alone.

“Fortunately, breast cancer doesn’t have to be this devastating diagnosis forever, and we have been making strides in Pennsylvania because of the work of this General Assembly, and the Advocacy of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition,” said Mensch.

Both bills will now go before the senate for a full vote.

For more information on Senator Mensch’s legislation, visit www.senatormensch.com.  State updates can also be found on Senator Mensch’s Facebook at facebook.com/PASenatorBobMensch/ or Twitter @SenatorMensch.

 

CONTACT: Lidia Di Fiore ldifiore@pasen.gov  (215)-541-2388