Policy Committee examines Fitzgerald bill on breast density screening

PHILADELPHIA, May 30 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on her House Bill 579, which would mandate insurance coverage for breast density screenings.

Held at the Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, the public hearing brought together women’s health experts and state legislators from across Pennsylvania to further explore why the screening mandate is necessary.

“I’m thankful to my colleagues and [House Democratic Policy Committee] Chairman Mike Sturla for coming to Philadelphia to discuss my legislation,” Fitzgerald said. “These screenings and early detection give women the best chance at beating cancer. It’s a simple and reasonable approach that will save lives and hopefully save both patients and insurance companies money with earlier detection.”

Sturla added, “I am in full support of any approach we can take to improve women’s access to quality health care, and medical screenings are a key component of that quality care.”

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

The meeting was one in a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which includes putting people first, good jobs, quality schools and fair taxes. Visit www.plan4pa.com for additional information about the Plan4PA.

Materials from today’s and prior Policy Committee hearing will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.