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ACA and Breast Cancer

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. Mr. Speaker, I rise to highlight how the Affordable Care Act is already helping thousands of breast cancer survivors and those with preexisting conditions.

In late 2007, I heard those terrible words, ``You have breast cancer.'' I underwent seven surgeries, but in some ways, I was one of the fortunate ones because I had health insurance coverage.

I have spoken to women who have foregone mammograms and even cancer treatments because the cost was simply too great to bear. Now, the Affordable Care Act emphasizes prevention by making it possible for Americans to get screenings, like mammograms, without a copay.

It also finally ends the egregious practice of denying coverage to patients with preexisting conditions, like my south Florida constituent Carolyn Newman, a survivor who will save $7,000 a year with an affordable plan, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. She can save even more by shopping on the exchange.

With the Affordable Care Act making it possible for more women to access preventive services and not be denied coverage, we can work to eradicate breast cancer once and for all.

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