April 28, 2021: Breaking news, ZERO is pleased to announce significant progress in providing greater access to prostate cancer screening and early diagnosis at the state level. As part of our ZERO Cost to Prostate Cancer Screening initiative, two pieces of legislation in two different states are being advanced to the next phase. We are very grateful for the support and passion of our local ZERO champions and medical partners who are helping us lead the charge.
The Texas House Insurance Committee has voted to approve HB 3951 and the California Assembly Health Committee has voted to approve AB 1520. The goal of these new legislative efforts is to remove barriers and increase access to prostate cancer screening for all men. It is critical to give prostate cancer parity to several other cancers which offer screenings with no attached co-pays or other cost-sharing fees. ZERO will continue to support these bills as they are considered in other committees, the full chambers, and when they are taken up by the respective state Senates.
The only other two states that have currently passed similar laws are New York and Maryland. Legislative victories in Texas and California would get us one step closer to our bold goal to expand access to prostate cancer screening without cost sharing to men in half the country by 2030, with similar laws in 25 states. If you are interested in getting involved with this state advocacy effort, please contact Ali Manson, ZERO’s Vice President, Government Relations & Advocacy.
About ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer
ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer. ZERO advances research, improves the lives of men and families, and inspires action. We’re building Generation ZERO, the first generation of men free from prostate cancer, through our national run/walk series, education and patient support programs, and grassroots advocacy. ZERO is a 501(c)(3) philanthropic organization recognized with four out of four stars by Charity Navigator, accredited by the Better Business Bureau, with regional chapters across the country. We dedicate 85 cents of every dollar to research and programs. For more information, visit www.zerocancer.org.