MADISON, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Senate bill 121 has received some bipartisan support and it is circulating in the state legislature. Currently, there are more than 20 co-sponsors. If the bill is passed, it would eliminate the cost for women who need additional breast cancer screenings. According to the CDC, the standard mammogram can miss up to 40% of cancers in dense breasts and over 70% of breast cancers are found in dense breasts.
The President of the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition says the screening is better than relying on a self-exam and trying to cut costs. “It doesn’t matter what political affiliation, everyone is impacted by Breast Cancer and if there are ways, we can pass legislation that would ensure people have the opportunity to receive treatment that they deserve I think that’s something we should do.”
In other states with similar legislation, it cost less than a dollar per year to add the coverage.