Davidson-sponsored bill to help breast cancer survivors passes the House

HARRISBURG, Nov. 18 – A bill co-sponsored by Southeast Delegation Chairwoman Margo L. Davidson, D-Delaware, to provide insurance coverage for custom breast prosthetics (H.B. 1457) overwhelmingly passed the House today.

“The enactment of this bill would make a positive difference in many breast cancer survivors’ lives,” Davidson said about the bill she co-sponsored with Rep. Meghan Schroeder, R-Bucks. “That’s why I was proud to spearhead this bill through the House.”

Currently, most insurers cover reconstructive breast surgery and off-the-shelf breast prosthetics for women post mastectomy surgery. There are some situations where neither of these two options are reasonable. Off-the-shelf prosthetics are not always possible if a woman has an irregular chest wall post mastectomy surgery and not every woman is a good candidate for reconstructive surgery. Though women post mastectomy surgery have an additional option with custom breast prosthetics, some insurers may not always provide coverage.

The enactment of H.B. 1457 would enable women post mastectomy surgery to be able to choose the option that best serves them.

“The successful passage of House Bill 1457 is a direct result of increasing gender parity in the House,” Davidson said. “This isn’t a Democratic or Republican issue; it’s a women’s issue.  Female representatives from both parties came together to help pass a bill that will enable breast cancer survivors to make the best decision for themselves, knowing that it will be covered by insurance.”

The bill is now on its way to the Senate for concurrence.

Davidson currently serves as chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus.