2004-03-05 / Community

Pheffer Sponsors Mammography Law

Paying for early breast cancer detection
can be difficult for women of modest means
Pheffer Sponsors Mammography Law Paying for early breast cancer detection can be difficult for women of modest means

Paying for early breast cancer detection
can be difficult for women of modest means

Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer recently announced legislation she sponsored requiring individual in surance providers to cover annual mammograms for women starting at age 40 years of age rather than the present 50 years of age.

This legislation expands current law that requires group insurance pro viders to carry this coverage (A.7927).

Paying for early breast cancer detection can be difficult for women of modest means. There are, however, in creas ing ly more life-saving screenings available to women who cannot afford a mammogram.

"I strongly encourage women to de mand important early diagnosis tools that protect them from this horrendous disease," Assembly woman Phef fer said. "Early prevention and diagnosis, along with appropriate treatment, can play an important role in reducing the devastation of breast cancer."

In 2002, the Assembly expanded Med icaid to provide treatment for women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer through Center for Disease Control Early Detection and Preven tion program.

For more information about the Healthy Women’s Part ner ship, contact the Queens Breast Health Partnership, a program from the American Cancer Society, at (718) 263-2225. The New York State Cancer Registry reported that about 2,263 women in the forties are diagnosed with breast cancer annually, and 325 reportedly succumb to the disease every year.

"Breast cancer is a disease that strikes down too many women in the prime of their lives. Early detection and screening are the keys to defeating breast cancer," Assem blywo man Pheffer said. "Since the chances of survival from this disease depend upon early detection, it is important that all health insurance policies provide adequate mammography coverage. It will save lives."

"This legislation builds upon the Women’s Health and Wellness Act of 2002 (Ch. 554 of 2002), which in creased a woman’s access to health screenings, improved public education outreach, and expanded prescription drug plan coverage.

Here are a few additional helpful breast cancer resources: New York State Health Department Web site at www.health.state.ny.us.nysdoh/
cancer/center/cancerhome.htm.

Y-ME National Breast Cancer Or gan ization at 800-221-2141 or www.y-me.org/.

Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Porgram at 800-877-8077 or www.adelphi.edu/nnysbreastcancer/.


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