In June, Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin introduced the SCREENS for Cancer Act of 2022 (S. 4440), which would reauthorize the federal National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program for fiscal years 2023 through 2027.
The federal program partners with states to provide free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services for women who are low income, uninsured, or underinsured. In Wisconsin this is known as the Wisconsin Well Woman Program, which serves women between the ages of 45 and 64, and provides mammograms and cervical cancer screenings.
The bill is unlikely to advance in Congress’s current session and would need to be reintroduced next year. If passed, the bill would allow Congress to increase funding for the national program, giving state programs like the Wisconsin Well Woman Program more funding for their services.