Delay In Kansas Breast Cancer Bill Criticized

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Some Kansas lawmakers say a political rivalry is holding up a bill designed to improve the diagnosis of breast cancer.

The bill would require medical personnel to inform women that their dense breast tissue could hide cancer detection during a mammogram.

The measure was unanimously approved in the Senate in February, but has stalled in the House.

Critics say it's stalled because Rep. Brenda Landwehr, chairwoman of the House Health and Human Services Committee, wants to run later this year against the bill's sponsor, Jean Schodorf. Both women are from Wichita.

Landwehr says the bill was simply in line behind bills related to Medicaid reform.

Schodorf says she suspects politics is the reason Landwehr won't give the bill a hearing before her committee.

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