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Governor Wolf Signs Bill Covering Oral Cancer Treatment for PA Patients

Posted By on July 14th, 2016 at 9:43 am | 0 comments.
PBCC Director of Patient Advocacy Dolores Magro spoke with oral chemo parity bill author Rep. Matt Baker at a recent press conference held by the PA Cancer Treatment Fairness Coalition at the State Capitol.

PBCC Director of Patient Advocacy Dolores Magro spoke with oral chemo parity bill author Rep. Matt Baker at a recent press conference held by the PA Cancer Treatment Fairness Coalition at the State Capitol.

Governor Tom Wolf just signed a bill that helps with the high costs of oral cancer treatment for patients in Pennsylvania. Rep. Matt Baker’s House Bill 60 specifically addresses the cost disparity between intravenous and oral cancer treatments. Previously, oral cancer medication was covered under an insurer’s pharmacy (drug) benefit, often requiring patients to pay thousands of dollars per month, out-of-pocket. Now, oral treatments will be covered the same as intravenous medications on an insurer’s medical benefit, which means patients will only be required to make a fixed co-payment.

Rep. Baker, a 2015 PBCC Pink Ribbon Awardee, authored the oral cancer treatment parity bill and has been working to pass the legislation for years. The following legislators were also instrumental in the passage of the bill: Sen. Tommy Tomlinson, Senate sponsor of oral cancer treatment parity legislation, Sen. Pat Vance, chair, Senate Health and Public Welfare Committee, Sen. Don White, chair, Senate Banking and Insurance Committee and Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, chair, House Cancer Caucus.
“This legislation was a long time in coming. With more than 80,000 people per year receiving a cancer diagnosis in Pennsylvania, we needed to step up and make sure everyone has access to the best and most cutting-edge cancer treatments”
Rep Matt Baker, (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter)
Author of Act 37, oral cancer treatment parity law

“Oral cancer treatment is the wave of the future,” said PBCC President Pat Halpin-Murphy. “We commend Governor Wolf for signing this law and we congratulate Rep. Baker for his commitment to the thousands of cancer patients this will impact across Pennsylvania. This will truly save lives.”

According to Rep. Baker, Pennsylvania now joins more than 40 states and Washington, D.C., in having enacted legislation to control out-of-pocket oral cancer treatment costs for patients.

Patient Advocacy Tip: Stop the Fight with Help The Fight

Posted By on April 14th, 2016 at 12:16 pm | 0 comments.

Help-The-Fight---PinkLink-1Help The Fight is a non-profit organization in Lancaster, PA providing supportive funding for those diagnosed with breast cancer. This gap funding helps women and their families with household bills, medical treatment costs, daycare, insurance payments and much more. Financial assistance is also available for early screening for breast cancer.

To be eligible for funding, you must be currently in treatment for breast cancer, and your healthcare professional must complete the application form at

Free Weekend Fly Fishing Retreats Available in PA for Survivors

Posted By on February 15th, 2016 at 9:22 am | 0 comments.

Casting-for-recovery-for-PLCasting for Recovery is an organization that allows women who have, or have had, breast cancer to meet in a natural setting and learn the sport of fly fishing. The retreats offer an opportunity to meet new friends, exchange information, and have fun. Experience something new while enjoying beautiful surroundings within a safe and nurturing environment. Click here to learn more and to apply for YOUR retreat!
Casting For Recovery offers 2 ½ day fly fishing retreats at absolutely NO COST! In addition to retreats across the country, there are two in Pennsylvania:  September 18-20th at Skytop Lodge in Skytop PA, and August 26-28th at The River Village, Spruce Creek PA. The deadlines for applying are July 10th for Skytop and June 17th for Spruce Creek.

World Cancer Day 2016: A Day to Take Action

Posted By on February 4th, 2016 at 8:21 am | 0 comments.


Today is World Cancer Day!  It’s a day that unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer.  Here at the PA Breast Cancer Coalition, we are dedicated to fighting breast cancer every day and YOU can help us!  Want to know how?  Make this World Cancer Day a day to take action:

Schedule your annual mammogram and/or tell a friend to do the same

  • We’re all busy, but not too busy to know the importance of early detection. By scheduling your mammogram, you’re taking time to ensure you are healthy and that is more than worth it.  It could save your life!  P.S. While you’re there, check to see if you have dense breast tissue and, if you do, ask about supplemental screenings beyond the regular mammogram like ultrasounds, MRIs or tomosynthesis (3D mammograms). FREE mammograms are available in PA. Click here to find learn more

Request a FREE Friends Like Me Care Package for a loved one recently diagnosed with breast cancer

  • The PA Breast Cancer Coalition offers free care packages full of information, educational materials, books, small gifts and headwraps for women in Pennsylvania who have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer (packages are most helpful within the first 6 months).  If you have been diagnosed or you know someone who has been, click here to request a free package today.

Support life-saving legislation in Pennsylvania

  • The PA Breast Cancer Coalition worked with Sen. Bob Mensch to pass the Breast Density Notification Act requiring mammography centers to notify women of their breast density. Now, we are working on Senate Bill 842 which would require supplemental screenings like MRIs or ultrasounds to be covered for women insured in PA. Those screenings may show something that may be missed on a traditional 2D mammogram. What can YOU do?  Contact your state senator and ask him/her to support this important bill! Click here to find your lawmaker and contact information. Click here to read Senate Bill 842.

Help researchers find a cure

  • Time to start talking taxes again! This year, why not put that state income tax refund to good use? Every Pennsylvania taxpayer has the option to donate all or part of their state income tax refund on Line 32 directly to Pennsylvania breast cancer researchers.  Choose code “A” and your refund will go toward our PBCC Breast Cancer Research grants Initiative.  We have pledged $300,000 in grants this year alone.  Make a difference with us!
  • Didn’t get a refund?  Make a private donation to the PBCC today! Click here to donate now.

Volunteer or become a PBCC Grassroots Partner!

  • The PBCC is always looking for volunteers across the state! Whether it’s a few hours once a year or you are looking for something more involved, we have an opportunity for you! Click here to view our opportunities and learn more today. Looking to do even more?  Become a Grassroots Partner and host your own event in your community. Click here to find out how you can give back and make a difference for women and families in Pennsylvania.

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Making a Difference through 3D Mammogram Coverage in PA

Posted By on January 15th, 2016 at 9:59 am | 0 comments.

3d-mammogram-for-plAt our October Conference, Pennsylvania became the first state in the nation to include 3D mammogram coverage at no cost to women insured under PA law. Now, effective December 5, 3D mammograms are also available at no cost to women covered by Medicaid in our state. Incredible good news!

The PBCC spoke with Deputy Secretary of the Office of Medical Assistance Programs Leesa Allen about what you need to know and what this means for women’s health care Pennsylvania.  Click the play button below to learn more:


Scholarship Available to Erie Student Touched by Breast Cancer

Posted By on January 15th, 2016 at 9:54 am | 0 comments.

Strings-for-a-cure-scholarshipStringsforaCURE is offering a $1,000 Educational Scholarship to help an Erie County student whose family has been touched by a breast cancer diagnosis.
The award is a one time, non-renewable scholarship in the amount of $1,000.  Payment will be made payable directly to the winner’s selected post graduate institution. Applicants should be graduating in May/June 2016 from an Erie County high school, charter school, or home school and live within a 60-mile radius of Erie PA.
Entries must be received by April 30, 2016.

For the application and further details, click here.

Treatment and Recovery Shirts Offer Comfort for Breast Cancer Patients

Posted By on December 15th, 2015 at 8:24 am | 0 comments.

heal-in-comfort-shirt-for-PLThe healincomfort® recovery shirt eases patient recovery from painful upper body surgeries including mastectomy, lumpectomy, and reconstruction. The shirt will prove helpful for your post op recovery, doctor visits, radiation, chemo, sleeping and daywear. Made from a soft fabric with Velcro-like fasteners, the shirt design includes an inside pocket to hold drains and provides a way to heal in comfort and dignity. Shop for the shirt and related items at

Friends Are By Your Side Offers Free Wigs, Salon Services to Cancer Patients

Posted By on November 16th, 2015 at 1:15 pm | 0 comments.

friends-are-by-your-sideFriends Are By Your Side is a nonprofit organization, uniting salon owners who share the mission to help women and children going through cancer treatment. Stylists and beauty industry experts donate wigs and salon services. The website lists salons across the country (and beyond!) participating in the program, including 20 salons in Pennsylvania.
Click here for more information.