Fitzgerald to host House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on breast density screening insurance coverage Wednesday in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, May 24 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on her House Bill 579, which would mandate insurance coverage for breast density screening.

The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 30 at the Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, Sheerr Building Auditorium, 1101 West Tabor Road, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

Fitzgerald requested the hearing to highlight the significance these screenings play in women’s health and that insurance coverage of the screenings should be mandated. Fitzgerald will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.

The current agenda is:

    2 p.m.            Welcome and Opening Remarks          

     2:10 p.m.      Panelists:

  • Pat Halpin-Murphy, president/founder, Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition
  • Jessica Graae, patient, Delaware County
  • Novella Lyons, president/founder, Women of Faith and Hope, Inc.
  • Gail Mitchell, board member, Women of Faith and Hope, Inc.

     3:20 p.m.      Closing Remarks    

The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA that includes putting people first, good jobs, quality schools and fair taxes. Visit www.plan4pa.com for additional information about the Plan4PA and www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for Policy Committee materials.

The media and public are invited to attend.