Senate Republicans Commend House Insurance Committee for Approving Landmark Breast Cancer Legislation

Senate Bill 8, a first-of-its-kind in the nation comprehensive breast cancer screening bill unanimously passed out of the Pennsylvania Senate in March.

HARRISBURG – Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39) along with Senate Republican colleagues Sens. John DiSanto (R-15), Tracy Pennycuick (R-24), and Devlin Robinson (R-37) offered their support for Senate Bill 8 as it advanced out of the House Insurance Committee earlier today. Please see below comments:

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39)

“Thank you to the House for moving forward with this important legislation that we know will save lives. I know first-hand the importance of genetic testing and supplemental screenings. In fact, had more testing and screening options been covered by insurance when I was diagnosed, my breast cancer may have been caught sooner or I may have considered a different treatment option.”

Sen. John DiSanto (R-15)

“I commend House Insurance Committee Chairman Kevin Boyle for his timely consideration of Senate Bill 8. This bipartisan and bicameral cooperation will guarantee women have access to preventive breast cancer screenings without delay or financial burden. I urge the full House to quickly pass this lifesaving legislation and send it to Gov. Shapiro for his signature.”

Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24)

“The overwhelming support this first-in-the-nation legislation is receiving, and its swift, unanimous passage shows just how important and prevalent these issues are in Pennsylvania. There isn’t a person in our Commonwealth who hasn’t been touched by breast cancer and, like so many others, my family knows the devastating toll this disease can have. Thank you to the House Insurance Committee chairman and members for their quick consideration and passage of Senate Bill 8.”

Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37)

“I am so encouraged by the unanimous vote in the House Insurance Committee today for Senate Bill 8. Thank you to Chairman Boyle for bringing this imperative, bipartisan bill up for a vote, and I am thrilled we are one day closer to providing no-cost screenings and testing, which means we are one day closer to saving the lives of Pennsylvanians.”


CONTACT:    Erica Clayton Wright, 412-334-4856 (Senator Ward)
                       Jonathan Humma, 717-787-6801 (Senator DiSanto)
                        Allison Dutrey, 717-787-5839 (Senator Robinson)
                        Matthew Szuchyt, 717-787-3110 (Senator Pennycuick)

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