State Advocacy Day
WBCC Virtual State Advocacy Day
Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and with the health of our advocates in mind, WBCC will be holding a virtual advocacy day this year. Join us for an important conversation with legislators about a bill to ensure ALL essential breast screenings are covered by health plans.
About this event
In 2017, Wisconsin joined many other states in passing legislation that required health care facilities to notify a woman, after her mammogram, if she has dense breast tissue. Dense breast tissue makes tumors harder to see on mammograms, and is also a risk factor in and of itself for developing breast cancer. Appropriate screening for dense tissue enables physicians to catch tumors early, before they become life threatening.
The mandated notification encourages women to follow up with their health care professional to discuss risk and the potential need for further screening. Unfortunately, not all health care plans will cover the cost of these additional essential screenings such as ultrasound or MRI.
Join us to advocate for Wisconsin State Senate Bill 413 and Assembly Bill 416, which will ensure that the 40% of Wisconsin women with dense breast tissue receive the most effective breast cancer screening that is right FOR THEM.
This VIRTUAL event will introduce you to the co-sponsors of the bills, provide training for effective meetings with legislative offices, and allow you to participate in small group ZOOM meetings with legislators and their aides to encourage their support for the bill. Groups will be led by experienced advocates, so you’ll have a good support team if you’re new to advocacy. You can do all of this from the safety and comfort of your home with a ZOOM enabled device.
While we wish we could hold our Advocacy Day at the Capitol, in person, the safety of our advocates is of utmost importance to us. We NEED to get these bills passed, and to do that we need our advocates to STAND UP AND SPEAK OUT on October 19.