Governor Signs Breast & Cervical Cancer Treatment Bill
Bill continues life-saving program for next 10 years
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2019
Denver, CO – Today Governor Jared Polis signed HB19-1302 into law. This ensures continuation of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program for the next 10 years. Since 2010, this program has helped more than 3,000 Coloradans receive life-saving cancer treatment or preventive care for pre-cancerous conditions. Without this bill, the program would have expired July 1, 2019.
“The Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Program is an essential safety net program, providing life-saving health care to Coloradans without insurance coverage who are battling these conditions,” said Executive Director Kim Bimestefer. “This program also exemplifies the value of preventive care by enabling identification and treatment at the earliest stages. Optimizing preventive care dramatically improves outcomes for those accessing this valued benefit and saves money across the health care system.”
"I am delighted the program has been funded for a full 10 years through this bill. As a four-time cancer survivor, I know firsthand how important it is to get the right care at the right time,” said Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera. “This bill makes this possible, and that's what all Coloradans deserve."
The Breast and Cervical Cancer Program serves people who are uninsured or underinsured and do not qualify for Health First Colorado. The program is funded entirely by license plate fees and has no general fund impact. The bill passed with strong bipartisan support and was sponsored by Representative Dafna Michaelson Jenet, Representative Janet Buckner and Senator Faith Winter.
About the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing: The Department administers Health First Colorado, Child Health Plan Plus and other programs for Coloradans who qualify. For more information about the Department, please visit Colorado.gov/hcpf.