- Toni Atkins, California Senate President pro Tempore
- Shaina Gross, Susan G. Komen® San Diego (bill sponsor)
- Sonia Briseno, breast cancer survivor
- Dr. Siavash Jabbari, Sharp Healthcare, Amtower Cancer Institute and Neuro-Oncology Center Radiation Oncology
- Darrah DiGiorgio Johnson, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest
WHAT: Senate Leader Atkins will announce funding in the new state budget for her bill, SB 945, which removes arbitrary caps on treatment under the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program for low-income Californians.
WHEN: 10 a.m. Thursday, July 12, 2018.
WHERE: Susan G. Komen® San Diego, 4699 Murphy Canyon Road San Diego
WHY: In 2016, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1795, authored by then-Assembly Speaker Emeritus Atkins. The bill required the state, through the Every Woman Counts program, to provide breast-cancer screening to symptomatic women who are younger than 40 years old. It also required the state, through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP), to cover treatment for individuals who experience a recurrence of the same type of cancer in the same part of their body.
SB 945, introduced this year in the Senate, removes the third arbitrary barrier blocking women from life-saving care – one that ended eligibility for the BCCTP after 18 months for breast cancer and 24 months for cervical cancer.
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