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Statement on Governor’s Veto of Diagnostic Imaging Legislation in California

SACRAMENTOSusan G. Komen®, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, today issued the following statement on the veto of diagnostic imaging legislation (SB 974) by Governor Gavin Newsom. The legislation was passed by the California legislature earlier this month:

“Legislation championed by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) and Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D-Burbank), would have eliminated barriers to care so that nearly 1 million people with state-regulated health plans could now receive medically necessary diagnostic imaging without any out-of-pocket expenses. These tests are critical in determining if there is a need for a biopsy but can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars,” said Molly Guthrie, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy at Susan G. Komen.

“Komen disagrees with the reasons cited for the veto – cost and an overstepping of federal screening guidelines as they do not apply to diagnostic imaging – and believes without this legislation, thousands of women every year will forego diagnostic breast imaging simply because of the cost to them. This life-saving legislation was expected to provide an estimated 2.3 million breast imaging services at no cost to the patient, likely leading to earlier diagnosis and often better outcomes. SB 974 would have built upon recent success across the country, enabling people in nine states, most recently Georgia and Oklahoma, to receive more timely treatment for their breast cancer,” Guthrie said.

“Komen’s Center for Public Policy will continue to advocate for policies that ensure fair and equitable access to high-quality breast care for all, no matter their age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, cancer stage or socio-economic status,” added Guthrie.

More information about the legislation can be found here.