STATEHOUSE (March 22, 2017) – A bill sponsored by State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) requiring the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) to create a plan aimed at preventing and eliminating cervical cancer recently passed the Senate by a vote of 50-0.
House Enrolled Act 1278 would require ISDH to create a plan to decrease the number of cervical cancer-related deaths by working with cancer facilities and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. ISDH would also be required to present the governor and Indiana General Assembly with a report on the plan before Dec. 31, 2018.
“In Indiana, 300 women are diagnosed with and 100 women die from cervical cancer each year,” Leising said. “As a state, we need to do what we can to raise awareness of this terrible disease.”
HEA 1278 passed the House of Representatives in January by a vote of 100-0. It will now be considered by Gov. Eric Holcomb.
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