Passed Legislation

The BEST ACT is now a law!

The Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force applauds Governor Rauner for signing the Breast Cancer Excellence in Survival and Treatment Act (BEST Act, HB3673) into law. The BEST Act improves the chances for ALL Illinois women to survive breast cancer, improving access and coverage for the highest quality screening and treatment options.

Poor women and publicly insured women are far more likely to have their breast cancers missed on screening mammograms compared to other women because of poorer quality mammography. They are also more likely to experience fragmented less comprehensive care. The BEST Act requires all Medicaid health plans to include American College of Radiology Breast Centers of Imaging Excellence and Academic or Comprehensive Commission on Cancer Accredited centers in their networks, so that women can access the highest quality care. It establishes a breast cancer treatment quality program and it also expands help to women diagnosed with breast cancer with navigating our often complex healthcare system and ensures that women can get the right kind of breast cancer screening including an MRI for higher risk women.

Thank you to all of our supporters that called, sent letters and emails to your legislators to support the BEST Act. All of your hard work paid off and will make a difference for breast cancer survivorship!

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