(Jan. 28) – A bill by Rep. Dianne Primavera (D-Broomfield) to extend funding for breast and cervical cancer prevention and treatment cleared the Public Healthcare & Human Service Committee today on a bipartisan 11-2 vote.

The bill was heard in committee on Rep. Primavera’s 64th birthday, 25 years after she was first diagnosed with breast cancer and given a life expectancy of five years.

“It’s the 20th birthday my doctors said I wouldn’t be around to celebrate,” Rep. Primavera said. “Good treatment saved me. This bill will make sure everyone has access to treatment and prevention programs that are critical to diagnosis and recovery.”

HB14-1045 will extend funding for Colorado’s Medicaid Breast & Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Program for an additional five years and direct breast cancer license plate fees to be deposited into the program. The bill builds on a previous bill from Rep. Primavera that created the program and started the breast cancer license plate fund.

The bill now heads to the House Appropriations Committee.

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