HANNON BILLS TO AID BREAST CANCER RESEARCH AND WOMEN’S HEALTH COVERAGE PASSED BY SENATE
“We have made great strides in identifying the incidences of breast cancer statewide,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “But more can and must be done to isolate clusters and areas of the state where this insidious disease is more common than others. My bill will encourage more mapping and solicit innovative proposals to identify why some areas are more prone to breast cancer than others.”
Hannon’s legislation, Senate bill 3768, allows funds from the Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund to be used towards breast cancer mapping initiatives. The Fund supports research and educational programs which focus on the causes, prevention, treatment and cure of breast cancer. Hannon’s bill adds breast cancer mapping to the programs which currently include other types of breast cancer research.
Another bill sponsored by Hannon, Senate bill 3817, has also been passed by the Senate. This directs the State Department of Health (DOH) to create a website that provides information about important changes to women’s health policy and other resources in the State.
“With more and more people turning to the Internet as their primary source of information on health care, we must make sure information is accessible, accurate and up-to-date,” said Hannon. “A website specifically aimed at women is needed to promote recent changes in law which provide for coverage of a vast number of preventative services for women, at no cost to the individual.”
Recently enacted laws affecting public programs, insurance and other aspects of health policy have resulted in increased coverage for 22 preventative services, and the screaning for certain diseases. The new DOH website and the use of social media will help educate the public and raise awareness of the newly-covered services, provide links to useful resources, and encourage women to receive preventative services and screenings.
“Women may not be aware that their insurance policy covers breast cancer mammography screening or cervical cancer screening at no cost to them,” said Hannon. “The goal of this legislation is to advance these preventative services and ensure they are being used.”
S.3768 has been passed by the Assembly and will be delivered to the Governor. S.3817 will be sent to the Assembly.