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Thank You Senators Mensch and Vance! PBCC Dense Breast Legislation Moves Forward

Posted By on June 17th, 2013 at 8:16 am | 712 comments.

Dense Breast LegislationImportant legislation regarding Dense Breast Tissue Screening, sponsored by Senator Bob Mensch, has passed the PA Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee.  We need YOUR help to make sure it becomes law in Pennsylvania.

Senate Bill 358 would require radiologists to alert patients who have dense breast tissue and to offer those patients alternative screening options.  Dense breast tissue increases a woman’s risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer at a late stage. Many women with dense breast tissue do not know they have it and, if they do, a mammogram may not be enough to detect a lump or irregularity in the breast. By asking your local Senator to vote “Yes” to Senate Bill 358, you can make sure that changes.

Click here to contact your Senator today and make a difference for thousands of women in PA!

 

 

Update on Breast Density Screening Legislation

Posted By on August 16th, 2012 at 9:58 am | 871 comments.

Senator Bob Mensch from Montgomery County introduced legislation regarding breast density screening and insurance coverage for MRI screening.  No committee meeting has yet been scheduled to consider the bill. Can you help by contacting your state senator and asking him or her to help bring the bill up for a hearing before the end of the legislative session? Click here to find your state senator’s contact information.

The first of the two bills would require certified FDA facilities to provide patients with information related to their breast density and post a notice advising women with dense breast tissue that they may benefit from supplemental screening such as a breast MRI. The second bill would amend existing law to extend mandated insurance coverage to ultrasound and MRI screening if a mammogram shows dense breast tissue.

“Mammogram films of breasts with higher density are harder to read and interpret than those of less dense breasts,” said Senator Mensch. “Breast density is one of the strongest predictors of the failure of mammography screening to detect cancer, with a mammogram missing at least 40% of tumors in women with the densest breasts.”

Senator Mensch’s staff member Terry Gillen said, Kudos to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition for raising this important issue.  As a breast cancer survivor, I know that we need to provide women with more information and more options regarding dense breast tissue diagnosis.

Supreme Court Upholds Healthcare Law

Posted By on July 18th, 2012 at 9:56 am | 107 comments.

The recent Supreme Court decision upheld major provisions of the Affordable Care Act. What does this mean for women with breast cancer? Now, any new health plan must provide mammograms without any cost to the patient. Starting in 2014, the following provisions go into effect:

–          No pre-existing conditions

  • Insurers will no longer be able to exclude breast cancer survivors from coverage or charge them a higher premium by defining breast cancer as a pre-existing condition.

–          No caps

  • Insurance companies cannot impose lifetime caps now or starting in 2014 annual dollar caps.

–          No cancellation

  • Insurers can no longer cancel a breast cancer survivor’s insurance policy when she or he gets sick and needs it most.

Legislative Update: Senator Mensch Sponsors Bills on Breast Density Screening

Posted By on October 19th, 2011 at 9:16 am | 655 comments.

The PBCC has been working with PA State Senator Bob Mensch (Montgomery County) in his efforts to address the issue of breast density in breast cancer screening through two bills to be introduced this session. The first would require mammography facilities to provide their patients with pertinent information regarding breast density in the form of a notice.  The second bill would require insurers to cover ultrasound screening and magnetic resonance imaging if a mammogram reveals dense breast tissue. Co-sponsors are needed to support this legislation, so contact your State Senator in Harrisburg today.

PBCC President & Founder Pat Halpin-Murphy said, “This legislation is an important step in making certain that women with dense breast tissue are not overlooked when it comes to breast cancer screening. The PBCC thanks Senator Mensch for introducing this legislation and we pledge our support to making sure these bills become law here in Pennsylvania.”

To view Senator Mensch’s co-sponsorship memo, click here. The deadline has been extended until the end of October, so there is still time for Senators to sign-on as a co-sponsor. Encourage your State Senator to call Senator Mensch’s office to co-sponsor this legislation. 

First Lady Susan Corbett and the PBCC Turn Capitol Fountain Pink

Posted By on October 19th, 2011 at 9:15 am | 708 comments.

2011 Pink Fountain Kick-Off

October is breast cancer awareness month, which is evident when you spot the Capitol Fountain in Harrisburg in its pink glory! First Lady Susan Corbett, who produced a video for the PBCC, was joined by Sheri Phillips, the Secretary of the Department of General Services, PBCC President and Founder Pat Halpin-Murphy, and PBCC Board Member and breast cancer survivor Debbie Freer for a kick-off event unveiling the pink fountain at the rear of the State Capitol Building.

Turning the Capitol fountain pink for breast cancer awareness month has become an annual event. The month-long pink fountain is sure to serve as a vibrant reminder of the importance and significance of breast cancer awareness to all who see it.

President’s Corner – PA Legislators Go To Bat for the PBCC

Posted By on August 15th, 2011 at 8:50 am | 395 comments.

The PA House stepped up to the plate to Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer by passing House Resolution 282 – authored by Representative Garth Everett – in support of the Home Run Derby held in July in communities across Pennsylvania. In a unanimous vote, the House saluted the efforts of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers and the PBCC in raising awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer.

Representative Garth Everett not only stepped up to the plate for the PBCC in introducing the resolution – he literally went to bat in Williamsport and took a few swings in the Home Run Derby. He was not the only PA legislator to step up to the batter’s box, however. Among those to take a turn at the plate were the Home Run Heroes – a trio of lawmakers who participated in the Harrisburg, York, and Lancaster events as part of their ongoing friendly hometown rivalry. Senator Mike Brubaker, Representative Scott Boyd and Representative Eugene DePasquale joined forces to become the Home Run Heroes and the official Travel Sponsor for the Home Run Derby. Special thanks to Rep. Tina Davis, Rep. Karen Boback, Rep. Sue Helm, and Rep. Brandon Neuman for sending teams to compete at the Derby. Also, many thanks to Congressman Tim Murphy for stepping up and taking a swing in the Washington County event!

Continued Support in State College

Posted By on August 8th, 2011 at 10:45 am | 113 comments.

Energy CAP/Second Mile

It was a bittersweet day in State College on Saturday, July 30th. Our eleventh-and final-home run derby event of 2011 took place at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on the picturesque morning. We had a few teams that were ready for some home runs, but no one lucked out! Check out how everyone stacked up.

Kyle Courtney from Barton Associates

We had one Single Batter at the Medlar Field, Tyler Smith had 375 points! Special thanks to all of our teams, volunteers and the staff from the Spikes. Our appearance in State College was a great way to round out the fourth year of the Take A Swing Against Breast Cancer events. Stay tuned for the final wrap-up of stats, big winners and thanks! In the mean time, check out photos from our day in Centre County!

Home Runs Lead the Pack in Altoona

Posted By on July 30th, 2011 at 11:04 am | 118 comments.

Batters wore their best!

The 4th Annual Take A Swing Against Breast Cancer home run derby is coming to a quick close. Where did July go?! The PBCC crew was excited for the derby to be at the Altoona Curve. And the day did not disappoint! Check out our high scores and the home runs that just kept on coming!
Single Batters at bat at Blair County Ballpark:
We handed out quite a few pink and white home run baseballs at Blair County Ballpark. We love seeing home runs, so we certainly enjoyed the day! Congratulations to all of the batters!

Team Hershey with their hot pink bats

Special thank you to the Altoona Curve, the staff, interns, field crew, and everyone who made the Home Run Derby a great day at Blair County Ballpark! WJAC, WTAJ and the Altoona Mirror all stopped by to check out the event. Thank you for helping to raise awareness in the Altoona area! Check out some of the great photos from the 10th stop of the 2011 Home Run Derby!