HOUSE DEMOCRATS NEWS RELEASE
House Bill 27, to eliminate copays and cost sharing for breast cancer screenings, will now make its way to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law, after unanimously passing the Senate today.
The bill would extend the exemption for out-of-pocket costs on annual mammograms to also apply to additional, doctor-recommended screenings, which are often cost prohibitive and result in patients forgoing recommended tests that can be early detectors of breast cancer.
“Early detection is critical in successfully treating breast cancer and ongoing screenings are vital for survivors. Yet too many New Mexicans are currently paying hundreds of their own hard-earned dollars per visit, or skipping recommended tests simply because they can’t afford them,” said Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos). “I’m so happy to see this life-saving bill unanimously pass the legislature and I look forward to the Governor signing it into law.”
House Bill 27 is sponsored by Rep. Chandler, Sen Liz Stefanics (D-Cerrillos), and Rep. Liz Thomson (D-Albuquerque).
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