01 May Komen-Supported Law Has Already Changed 650 Lives, Hundreds More To Follow
Until July 2018, the State’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP) which provides treatment for low-income uninsured or underinsured individuals diagnosed with breast and/or cervical cancer, stopped paying for treatment after 18 months for breast cancer and 24 months for cervical cancer. Additionally, the Every Woman Counts (EWC) State program only provided cancer screening services to low-income uninsured or underinsured women ages 40 years and older.
Because of lobbying efforts by Susan G. Komen San Diego, and the work of Assemblyman Mike A. Gipson, AB 1795 was enacted into law in July 2018. AB 1795: (1) provides that treatment for services under the BCCTP be covered for the duration of the period of treatment due to a diagnosis of breast cancer or cervical cancer, as long as the individual continues to meet all other eligibility requirements; and (2) expands eligibility for breast cancer screening under the (EWC) program to symptomatic women under age 40.
Because of AB 1795, 650 women have already had their treatment costs paid for after the previous 18 or 24 month deadlines of their treatment, which will continue until the end of their treatment of breast cancer or cervical cancer. That number is expected to reach 775 by July, the one year anniversary of this new law. No longer do countless low-income women and families have to face the cruel choice of either being driven into bankruptcy because of this unjust 18 or 24 month deadline, or stopping their treatment early and losing their life. AB 1795 is saving hundreds of lives, and Komen San Diego is proud to be a staunch fighter for women and families everywhere.