Long Island campaign pushes lawmakers to pass mammogram screening bill

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A Long Island campaign is pushing lawmakers in Albany to pass a bill requiring insurance companies to cover annual mammogram screenings for more women.

Linda Bonanno, a breast cancer survivor and co-founder of the 'Got Checked?' campaign, is pushing the lawmakers to enact Shannon's Law, which would require the insurance companies to pay for mammograms for women starting at 35 years old instead of 40 years old.

Shannon's Law is based on Shannon Saturno, who was an active runner, teacher and mother from Babylon. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at 28 years old and died at 31 years old in 2016.

The bill passed the Assembly in 2017 and 2018 but died in the Senate. This year, it's currently in a Senate committee.

State Sen. Monica Martinez says she's pushing for the bill to come up for a vote.

Bonanno says along with earlier detection, she believes in earlier education. She uses children's books and dolls when talking to school children about preventative measures.

Saturno's uncle, John Rosino, tells News 12 he supports all efforts to make sure no other family has to suffer.

Bonanno's group plans to meet with the heads of several state Senate committees on March 26 in Albany.

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