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Legislative Victories

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition has worked, since its inception, to better the lives of women and their families in Pennsylvania.

The following items were enacted thanks to the advocacy efforts of PBCC supporters and dedicated legislators.

Breast and Cervical Cancer Research Act
Bill signed into law May, 1997
Introduced by Representative Katie True in October, 1995

  • Allows everyone in Pennsylvania to designate all or part of their state income tax refund for breast cancer research.
  • Every penny raised goes directly to cancer centers/research facilities in Pennsylvania.
  • Reference: Issue Vol. 2, 1997 Frontline

Breast Cancer Reconstructive Surgery Coverage Act
Bill signed into law October, 1997
ntroduced by Senator Joseph Uliana, Senator Edwin Holl, and Representative Dennis O’Brien

  • Provides mandatory insurance coverage for a 48 hour hospital stay and related breast reconstruction following a mastectomy.
  • Provides for opposite breast reconstruction for symmetry, and requires home health care visits for mastectomy patients discharged before 48 hours.
  • Provides protection to women who need time to recover from the trauma of major surgery.
  • Reference: Issue Vol. 2, 1997 Frontline

 Extension of Medicaid for breast cancer treatment
Effective January 1, 2002
Executive Order by Governor Ridge in June, 2001

  • Extends the state’s Medicaid coverage to uninsured women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer through the Centers for Disease Control’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.
  • Covers any other medical needs through the period of treatment.
  • Entitles qualified women to immediate free treatment paid for through Medicaid.
  • Guarantees coverage to women in PA of their full treatment costs through Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program.
  • Covers the expenses of patients with breast and cervical cancer whose incomes are too high to meet the traditional guidelines for Medicaid, a federal-state health coverage program. Click here for current income guidelines.
  • Click here to see the full story in the Fall, 2001 Frontline (PDF)

Pennsylvania Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Screening Act
Bill signed into law November, 2005
Effective July 1, 2006
Introduced by Representative George Kenney

  • Establishes the Pennsylvania Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Screening Program within the PA Department of Health.
  • Provides for breast and cervical cancer screening services for women 40 to 49 years of age whose income does not exceed 250% of the federal poverty level and who have no health insurance coverage for screening mammograms, clinical breast examinations, pap tests and pelvic examinations.

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