PA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC), a 501(c)3 organization, was started in 1993 by a group of dedicated and determined breast cancer survivors. PBCC is a statewide organization based in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, which exists to help the 9,500 women in this state who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, to support the families of the 2,200 women who will die from it, and to serve as a resource for the hundreds of thousands more women currently living with the disease.
PBCC has worked since its inception to better the lives of women and their families in Pennsylvania. PBCC supporters and dedicated legislators lead the charge on enacting the following breast cancer initiatives.
- Tax payer ability to designate all or part of Pennsylvania state income tax refund for breast cancer research. Every penny designated goes directly to cancer centers/research facilities in Pennsylvania.
- Mandatory insurance coverage for a 48 hour hospital stay and related breast reconstruction following a mastectomy.
- Medicaid coverage to uninsured women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer through the Centers for Disease Control's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.
- Removed the time limit on mandatory insurance coverage for reconstructive surgery following mastectomy.
- Breast and cervical cancer screening services for women 40 to 49 years of age whose income does not exceed 250% of the federal poverty level and who have no health insurance coverage for screening mammograms, clinical breast examinations, pap tests and pelvic examinations.