SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#AB1795–The seven California Affiliates of Susan G. Komen thanked Gov. Jerry
Brown for signing legislation designed to expand breast cancer screening
and treatment standards for low-income Californians.
The legislation, Assembly Bill 1795, authored by Speaker Emeritus Toni
G. Atkins, expands breast cancer and cervical cancer screening and
treatment for low-income Californians by covering mammograms for those
who show symptoms regardless of age, and by covering treatment for
patients who have a recurrence of the same type of cancer in the same
part of the body. Neither of these parameters are currently covered by
the state’s Every Woman Counts Program, the state-funded Breast and
Cervical Cancer Treatment Program.
“We are ecstatic that this bill has been signed to expand access to
women showing signs of breast cancer regardless of their age,” said
Komen Sacramento Executive Director, Kelly Mac Millan, “This legislation
will save lives, and we are honored that Assembly Speaker Atkins chose
to champion AB 1795.”
The Susan G. Komen Sacramento Valley affiliate’s public policy group,
Komen California Collaborative Public Policy Committee, and Speaker
Emeritus Atkins have been paramount in pushing this legislation through
since the beginning of the year. The legislation was co-authored by
Assembly Member Cristina Garcia, Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez and
Senator Richard Pan, and received nearly unanimous bi-partisan support
throughout its lifecycle.
“By working together, and ensuring access to quality screening and
treatment for all women in California, we can change the outcome for
thousands of women in this state,” said Mac Millan.
Susan G. Komen Sacramento Valley
Jayme Ghisletta, 916-251-1293