Legislation inspired by Babylon woman expands access to annual mammograms

Legislation inspired by a Babylon woman who lost her battle with breast cancer recently passed in the state Assembly and Senate.

News 12 Staff

Jul 24, 2019, 7:14 PM

Updated 1,768 days ago

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Legislation inspired by a Babylon woman who lost her battle with breast cancer recently passed in the state Assembly and Senate.
The legislation, known as Shannon's Law, would require insurance companies to provide multiple breast cancer screenings annually between the ages of 35 and 39.
Shannon’s Law is named after Shannon Saturno, of Babylon, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 28 years old and passed away at 31.
Saturno was an elementary school teacher who was pregnant with her daughter when she was diagnosed, and passed away before her 3rd birthday. Saturno's family says they don't have a history of breast cancer in their family.
Sen. Monica Martinez, who has been pushing for the bill, says the way the law currently stands, a woman can get a mammogram between the ages 35 and 39, but insurance companies may only pay for one mammogram even if a doctor recommends an additional screening before the age of 40.
Currently, there are no penalties for insurance companies that refuse to cover mammograms for those ages. Martinez says she would like to work on that in the next session.
The legislation still needs to be signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
 
Extended interview with mother of the namesake for Shannon's Law
 
 
 


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