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VIDEO: Comcast Interviews PBCC on Importance of 3D Mammograms

Posted By on November 30th, 2017 at 10:41 am | 0 comments.

PBCC President and Founder Pat Halpin-Murphy recently sat down with Jill Horner of Comcast Newsmakers to talk about the importance of free 3D mammography and early detection of breast cancer.

3D screening mammograms are FREE for all women insured under Pennsylvania law. Thanks to Governor Tom Wolf, PA is the first state in the nation to offer this technology at no additional cost to the woman. So… why not get one?

3D mammograms offer better detection and fewer callbacks. The PA Breast Cancer Coalition provides the only online database of 3D mammography centers in the state, by location. Currently, 213 facilities in Pennsylvania offer 3D mammograms. Click here to find a center near you.

TAKE ACTION: Save Federal Protections for People with Pre-existing Conditions like Breast Cancer

Posted By on May 31st, 2017 at 9:32 am | 0 comments.

The U.S. House of Representatives in Washington recently voted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and to replace it with a new law. The bill that passed the House of Representatives, called the American Health Care Act, also known as Trumpcare, removes federal health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions like breast cancer. Instead, individual states would be able to create high-risk pools which did not work in the past and will not work now. That means, if you have a pre-existing condition like breast cancer, you may be denied health insurance or charged more for your care.

We cannot let that happen.

The bill is now in the U.S. Senate. We have reached out to both U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey to find out where they stand on federal health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions like breast cancer. Sen. Casey has committed to saving federal protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Sen. Toomey has not taken a public position yet, but his office says he “will ensure affordable coverage for those with chronic conditions.”

Will you help us save federal health insurance protections for people with breast cancer?
Here’s what we need you to do:

Thank YOU for your passion and determination on this important issue. Together, we can make a difference for people with pre-existing conditions like breast cancer. Take action. Save lives.

 

Advocating for You: PBCC Committed to Saving Federal Insurance Protections for People with Pre-existing Conditions

Posted By on May 16th, 2017 at 2:54 pm | 0 comments.

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition represents hundreds of thousands of breast cancer survivors and their families across the state. For that reason, we need to tell you about something important happening right now in our country that will affect you, your family and your health insurance.

Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the American Health Care Act, also known as Trumpcare. This bill would repeal and replace the current Affordable Care Act, which is also referred to as Obamacare. If that happens, we will no longer have FEDERAL health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions like breast cancer. Instead, the decision to cover or not cover pre-existing conditions would be left to individual states. States can put people with pre-existing conditions into “high-risk pools” where insurance companies can charge people more money for health insurance, if they are covered at all. We had high-risk pools before and they did not work.

We cannot let this happen for breast cancer survivors and others with pre-existing conditions. It could mean the difference between life and death.

We want to thank the Pennsylvania congressmen who voted against the bill which removed federal health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions. That bill is called the American Health Care Act (AHCA) / Trumpcare.

Where is your congressman on this list?   Click here to find YOUR congressman

Now, the bill is in the U.S. Senate. U.S. Senator Bob Casey has said he would vote NO on any bill that removes federal health insurance protections for pre-existing conditions and, in January, introduced his own amendment protecting Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions like breast cancer. U.S. Senator Pat Toomey has not yet taken a position on whether to save federal coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

U.S. Senator Bob Casey Hosts PBCC Roundtable Calling for Medicare Coverage of Lymphedema Supplies

Posted By on February 2nd, 2017 at 11:30 am | 0 comments.

P1000580Pennsylvania breast cancer survivors who suffer from lymphedema shared their personal stories and struggles with the U.S. Senator Bob Casey during a roundtable Friday, January 27, 2017. Together, they are fighting for Medicare coverage of lymphedema supplies like garments and sleeves.

Stage III breast cancer survivor Jeanne Schmedlen of Lemoyne (pictured in the photo on the left) lives with the condition every day. She brought her mechanical compression garment to share P1000702with the Senator and explain the high costs associated with lymphedema maintenance.  Survivor Peggy Grove of Harrisburg (picture on the right, next to Jeanne) has spent tens of thousands of dollars out-of-pocket on sleeves, gauntlets and machines to care for her lymphedema.

Brenda Mitchell of Philadelphia (pictured on the right with Sen. Casey) also shared her story during the roundtable. She took part in a year-long clinical trial during which she was given supplies for her lymphedema.  Now that the trial is over, Medicare will not cover the high costs for her garments.