Tuesday, October 9, 2012

31 Days - Day 9

31 Days of Breast Cancer Awareness, Support & Remembrance - Day 9

How often do we hear good news about cancer?  Wait...wait, don't answer.  I already know what you're going to say.  Hardly EVER!

Well I got a little good news today from the Susan G. Komen's Public Policy Collaborative.  They reported that Assemblymember Henry T. Perea's (who is from Fresno...go Mr. Perea!) Assembly Bill 137 was passed!  The bill requires health plans and insurers to provide patients with information regarding recommended timelines for the screening and diagnosis of breast cancer. 

There were a couple of other breast cancer bills passed as well.

  • SB 255 - Allows patients undergoing partial mastectomies and lumpectomies to determine the length of their hospital stay in consultation with their physician or surgeon without prior approval from the patient’s insurance company.
  • SB 1359 - Extends until 2018 the ability for taxpayers to designate on their tax returns a specific contribution to the California Cancer Research Fund.  (WOO-HOO another quick and easy way for people to send donations for research!)
  • SB 1538 - A bill that requires health care providers to inform women if they have breast dense tissue and encourages further conversation between the patient and her doctor.
I had no idea so much was going on in Sacramento with regards to breast cancer awareness and support!  These bills and the medical care and research funding they will provide are a big boost in the fight against breast cancer!

If you don't know already how they feel, check in with your representatives soon and make sure they are supporting these types of bills.

Always ~ Momma Goose

Go to Day 10.

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