Michelle Obama highlights cancer awareness

October 23, 2009 1:48:52 PM PDT
First lady Michelle Obama is tying breast cancer awareness to the push to change the health insurance system. At the White House on Friday, an audience of breast cancer survivors, advocates and lawmakers heard other women describe being denied coverage because of a cancer diagnosis in their past.

Mrs. Obama says enacting changes President Barack Obama wants would make a difference for breast cancer survivors, those living with cancer and anyone who may have the disease but not know it because they cannot afford to pay for a mammogram.

Under Obama's proposal, insurers would be barred from denying coverage because of a pre-existing condition and would be required to pay for preventative screenings like mammograms.

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