Last week, Senate Bill 8 unanimously passed the PA State Senate. The bill will be the first of its kind in the country if it gets through the House and signed by the governor. It will make BRCA (genetic testing) more accessible and access to breast MRI and ultrasound testing without co-pays for those who are at high risk. This came out of my personal experience while going through treatment and diagnosis for breast cancer. While I could afford to pay for testing if necessary, many women can’t. That’s not acceptable. This bill will result in earlier diagnosis which will result in saving lives. 1 in 8 women get breast cancer and approximately 14,000 women are newly diagnosed with breast cancer every year in PA - that’s a lot of mothers, daughters, friends, relatives and grandmas aka Kiki’s, which I’m called. 🙂. I am the prime sponsor of this bill which is co-primed by Senators @senatordevlinrobinson and @senatorpennycuick.
I’m extremely grateful to the 49 co-sponsors of SB8 from both sides of the aisle. ❤️