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President’s Corner: PA Medicaid Now Covers 3D Mammograms for Women

Posted By on December 15th, 2015 at 10:52 am | 0 comments.

patheadshotforplBy Pat Halpin-Murphy, President & Founder

Have you heard? Not only are 3D mammograms covered for women insured under Pennsylvania law, they are now covered for women insured by PA Medicaid. As of December 1, 2015, PA Medicaid participants are eligible to receive 3D mammograms at the same coverage level as traditional 2D mammograms.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, “tomosynthesis (3D mammograms) is becoming more common as many health care 3d-mammogram-for-plfacilities in this Commonwealth are replacing 2D mammography technology with 3D mammography technology, offering new opportunities to diagnose breast cancer and providing life-saving treatment earlier than ever.”

Thanks to the commitment of Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf, Pennsylvania became the first state in the nation to consider 3D mammograms exactly what they are: mammograms. On October 5, 2015 at the PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference, First Lady Frances Wolf announced that insurers must cover 3D mammograms at no cost to women over the age of 40. The move clarifies an existing law that the PA Breast Cancer Coalition worked to pass in the 1990s.

Thanks to YOUR help, 3D mammograms are now covered for women insured by PA Medicaid. As of October 5, 2015, insurers covered under state law are also offering 3D mammogram coverage. We’re honored to take action with you!

Breaking News: PBCC to Testify in Support of Breast Cancer Screening Insurance Coverage

Posted By on November 16th, 2015 at 1:16 pm | 0 comments.

patheadshotforplBy Pat Halpin-Murphy, President & Founder

This Wednesday, we have the opportunity to make a real difference for women in Pennsylvania, but we cannot do it without your help. The PA Breast Cancer Coalition will testify Wednesday, November 18 at 10:00am before of the PA Senate Banking and Insurance Committee in support of Senate Bill 842 which requires insurance coverage of breast cancer screenings including ultrasounds and MRIs. We need YOU to be there. Wear pink and bring a friend!

Why is this so important? Ultrasounds and MRIs can provide an early, more treatable diagnosis and a less-toxic treatment for women with breast cancer. How? For women at an increased risk for breast cancer, particularly women with dense breast tissue, mammograms may not be enough to find tumors. They may need additional screenings such as ultrasounds and MRIs which reveal cancers that mammograms do not show.

The problem is – those tests are not affordable for many women even though they are insured. We know because you’ve been emailing and calling us to solve this issue. We hear you!

Now, let’s do something about it together. Join us for the state Senate hearing Wednesday at 10:00am in Hearing Room 1 of the State Capitol’s North Office Building in Harrisburg.

Be there. Be a part of history with us, again!

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We Made History, Again! 3D Mammograms Now Covered for Women in PA

Posted By on October 19th, 2015 at 4:27 pm | 0 comments.

First-Lady-Making-Announcement-with-videoThe 2015 PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference was one for the history books. Not only did we have a day focused on education, empowerment and advocacy, we welcomed major news from PA First Lady and PBCC Honorary Chair Frances Wolf. Mrs. Wolf announced that 3D mammograms are now required to be covered by the insurance companies for women in Pennsylvania. The 3D cutting-edge mammogram that was costing $60 to $600 for some insured women is now available at no cost.

Big, BIG news! Pennsylvania is now the first state in nation to require coverage for 3D mammograms, effective now. The PA Breast Cancer Coalition would like to thank Governor Tom Wolf, First Lady Frances Wolf and Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller for making this life-changing milestone possible for women in Pennsylvania!

The Conference had other surprises in store for guests and awardees alike. We honored outstanding triple-negative breast cancer expert and researcher Dr. Edith Mitchell from the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson University Hospitals with our prestigious Potamkin Prize. PA Rep. Matt Baker won a Pink Ribbon Award for his commitment to women’s health and our Breast Density Notification Act, and Dr. Wendie Berg of Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC received a Pink Ribbon Award for her tremendous work on the issue of breast density. The PA Breast Cancer Coalition surprised Dr. Berg with a $50,000 Extraordinary Opportunity Grant to move forward with her research studying the accuracy of ultrasound vs. 3D mammograms for women with dense breasts.Pictures-from-Conference

Those are only a few of the day’s highlights. We enjoyed spending the day with you! If you haven’t already done so, please take 2 minutes to fill out this survey to ensure next year’s Conference is even better. You will automatically be entered to win a PBCC prize pack!

Thank you for participating in our historic 2015 PBCC Conference!

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Action Alert: Fight for 3D Mammogram Coverage in PA

Posted By on September 16th, 2015 at 8:23 am | 0 comments.

3d-mammogram-for-plHave dense breasts? You may need extra tests. If you opt for a 3D mammogram, WE believe, your 3D mammogram should be covered under current law. 3D mammograms are mammograms. Are you with us? How can YOU help?

Tell us your story.  Send an email to Info@PABreastCancer.org with “3D Mammograms” in the subject line.  Tell us why you are so passionate about this topic (like we are!) and why you feel 3D mammograms should be treated the same as 2D screening mammograms when it comes to billing and insurance. The PA Breast Cancer Coalition is taking action on this important issue, but we cannot do it alone.  Send us your story today!

Taking Action: Senate Bill 842 on Insurance Coverage for Dense Breast Screenings

Posted By on June 15th, 2015 at 8:37 am | 0 comments.

patheadshotforplAdvocacy and action for women with dense breasts marches forward in a BIG way!

PA Sen. Bob Mensch introduced Senate Bill 842, which will require all insurers to cover additional dense breast screenings like ultrasounds and MRIs. Dense breast tissue can hide tumors on a mammogram. Because of that, women with dense breast tissue often need added screenings. The problem is – some insurers don’t cover them. This legislation will change that for Pennsylvania women.
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The PA Breast Cancer Coalition worked with Sen. Mensch to pass the Breast Density Notification Act requiring mammography centers to notify women of their breast density in 2014. This year, the PBCC distributed surveys and is collecting data from women and mammography facilities across the state. Now, we want to ensure that women have access to the best screening options available to them, without any worry about how the tests being covered. Thanks to Sen. Mensch and your efforts, we believe they won’t have to worry much longer.

Watch our video below for more information on Senate Bill 842. Learn why this is so important and find out what YOU can do to help.

Take action. Save lives.

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Will YOU Help Women in PA? Take Action. Save Lives.

Posted By on May 15th, 2015 at 8:33 am | 0 comments.

woman-getting-mammogram-pinklinkNow that mammography facilities in Pennsylvania are required to notify women of their breast density (a result of the PBCC’s Breast Density Notification Act), we need your help with the next steps on this critical advocacy effort. We believe our actions will save the lives of women across the state.

Now that mammography facilities in Pennsylvania are required to notify women of their breast density (a result of the PBCC’s Breast Density Notification Act), we need your help with the next steps on this critical advocacy effort. We believe our actions will save the lives of women across the state.

We have developed two surveys: one for women in our state and one for the mammography centers they visit for screenings like mammograms, ultrasounds, MRIs and 3D mammograms (tomosynthesis).

The PBCC needs to gather information from both women and facilities in order to develop resources, materials and corresponding legislation to follow the Breast Density Notification Act. Please take 5 minutes and fill out the survey that best fits your role in our outreach efforts.

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Dense Breast Tissue: What to Know. What to Do.

Posted By on February 16th, 2015 at 8:31 am | 907 comments.

patheadshotforplWe all have a responsibility to educate, support and care for each other. I’ve met and talked with so many women who tell me similar stories – they have dense breast tissue, didn’t know it and were diagnosed at a later, less-treatable stage. We’re working to ensure no other woman has that same story to tell.

The PBCC hopes to gather information from mammography centers where women receive their mammograms. We’ve developed a 12-question survey to learn more about what mammography centers need to notify women of their breast density. Are you a breast imaging professional? Will you help us with this email survey?

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Answers to the short survey will make a BIG difference! Gathering this information is vital as we move forward, informing and educating women about breast density. Thank you for turning advocacy into action!

Dr. Eugene Glavin, Medical Director for Women’s Imaging at Good Samaritan Health System explains why it’s important for mammography centers to share information.

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Take Action. Take the Survey. Save Lives.

Posted By on August 15th, 2014 at 8:50 am | 176 comments.

Mammogram-for-PLHave you received a mammogram since February? If so, the PBCC’s Dense Breast Advisory Committee wants to hear from you!  We are conducting a survey to ensure that women in PA are receiving the information they need when it comes to breast density.

The Breast Density Notification Survey will help the PBCC to follow up on Act 86, legislation that requires mammography centers to notify women of their breast density.  Click here to take our short survey and you will be entered to win a free registration to our PBCC Conference on Monday, October 13 at the Harrisburg Hilton.  Take Action. Take the Survey. Save Lives.