Name: Mary Belk
District: 88 (Mecklenburg)
In office since: 2017
Key Committees: Appropriations; Appropriations – Transportation; Judiciary 4; Regulatory Reform; Transportation
Prior career: Business owner
FEATURED BILL: BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING PARIT
Every year, more than 200,000 cases of invasive breast cancer are diagnosed in women nationwide.
In order to help with the cost of diagnosis, Rep. Belk, along with her colleagues Reps. White, Lambeth, and Carney introduced the Breast Cancer Diagnostic Imaging Parity bill this April.
The bill would provide health coverage parity for breast cancer diagnostic imaging. This means that health plans in the state that provide benefits for a diagnostic examination for breast cancer must cover them similarly to or more favorably than the way they cover breast cancer screening examinations.
Early detection of breast cancer is key to helping women get the treatment they need to survive. We should make it easier and more affordable to get diagnosed.