Marilia Sardinha, C3 Advocate and Steering Committee Member played a vital role in the passing of LD 2109, An Act Relating to Insurance Coverage for Colorectal Cancer Early Detection.
“It was an honor to be a part of it and to know how it will help so many people”, said Marilia. Earlier in the year Marilia was asked by the local chapter of the America Cancer Society to testify during a hearing on the bill.
The Governor of Maine, John E. Baldacci, signed the bill into law on March 26th. The bill requires health insurance policies issued or renewed after Jan. 1, 2009, to provide coverage for colorectal cancer screenings. “We know that the five-year survival rate for those who detected their colon cancer early is 90 percent, but only 39 percent of colon cancers are diagnosed at this stage,” Governor Baldacci said. “That’s why this bill is so important.”
C3 would like to thank Marilia along with the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Edward Mazurek (D-Rockland), for all of their hard work.
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Image of Marilia with Maine Governor John E. Baldacci used with permission.