The Illinois House of Representatives is supporting the funding and eligibility of the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, thanks to a resolution introduced by state Rep. Monica Bristow, D-Alton, who says screenings are critical for women.
House Resolution 74 states that funding for the program should be broadened to further reduce barriers to breast cancer screening, detection and treatment for underserved women. It was adopted in the Illinois House of Representatives with unanimous support.
“When Illinois operated without a budget several years ago, IBCCP agencies were forced to reduce hours, waitlist women needing care or completely close their doors,” said Shana Crews, Illinois government relations director for the American Cancer Society – Cancer Action Network. “It’s gut-wrenching to think about how many cancer cases went undetected during that time and how many lives were permanently impacted.”
Bristow said: “While we have made improvements in what insurance companies will cover for women receiving these screenings, the funding for this program is critical and needs our support.”