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Representative Greg Harris, Senator Jacqueline Collins, Senator Iris Martinez and Fellow State Legislators to Join Susan G. Komen for the Cure in Announcing Groundbreaking Legislation to Reduce Breast Cancer Disparities; Will Hold Press Conference Friday
Date:2/27/2008

CHICAGO, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), State Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago), State Senator Iris Martinez (D-Chicago), Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest breast cancer organization, and breast cancer survivors and advocates will host a press conference on Friday, Feb. 29 at 11 a.m. in the Blue Room (15th Floor) of the Thompson Center in Chicago to speak about groundbreaking new legislation to reduce breast cancer disparity rates and outcomes for low income women, minority women and immigrants.

House Bill 5192 comprehensively enacts recommendations of the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force, a respected group of medical and community health experts which studied shocking breast cancer mortality rates among local minority women.

Based on a 2007 study of disparities in detection and treatment of breast cancer by the Sinai Urban Health Institute, the breast cancer mortality rate for black women in Chicago was 68% higher than that of white women in 2003. This was an increase from a 49% disparity rate for the years 1999 through 2003. Breast cancer is also the most common cancer among Latinas. Studies show Latinas have lower screening rates and are much more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage when the disease is more deadly.

House Bill 5192 would begin to close the gap on these disparities by increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates for mammography and screenings to incentivize provider participation, provide bonus payments to Medicaid providers using best practice screening and treatments, and create a patient reminder system for female Medicaid recipients to encourage regular screening. It would also obligate insurers to cover pain medication for women undergoing breast cancer treatment and reduce the financial barriers to allow for easier access to screenings. House Bill 5192 would also enact a Patient Navigator pilot program that would determine if treatment outcomes are better for women who have assistance in coordinating and managing their care.

WHAT:

Press Conference on House Bill 5192 - Reducing Breast Cancer Disparities

WHO:

State Representative Greg Harris

State Senator Jacqueline Collins

State Senator Iris Martinez

Invited House Bill 5192 Co-sponsors House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie and State Representatives LaShawn K. Ford, Mike Boland, Monique Davis, Al Riley, Kathy Ryg, Naomi Jakobsson, Karen May, Karen Yarborough, Connie Howard, Beth Coulson, Lou Lang, Joe Lyons, George Scully, Elaine Nekritz, Eddie Washington, Sara Feigenholtz and Toni Berrios.

Angela Walker, Breast Cancer Survivor

Dr. Janice Phillips, Public Policy Chair, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Chicagoland Affiliate and member of the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force

Dr. Elizabeth Marcus, Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force Member

Chair of Breast Oncology at Stroger Hospital of Cook County

Assistant Professor of Surgery at Rush Medical College

WHEN:

Friday, February 29th at 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:

Blue Room, James R. Thompson Center (intersection of LaSalle and Randolph in Chicago), 15th Floor


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SOURCE Susan G. Komen for the Cure
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