Many of the top female elected officials in San Antonio and Bexar County had an appointment today that had nothing to do with City Hall or the County Courthouse, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
They all get mammograms, as they attempted to 'lead by example' to convince other women to undergo the life saving practice.
The point of today's event was to draw attention to HB 170, a bill just passed by the Texas Legislature and signed by Gov. Abbott that requires that insurance companies undergo all parts of a mammogram.
City Councilman Shirley Gonzales was among them.
"Today I will get my very first mammogram today," she siad. "I am 47 years old, and I think that is right around the time women are supposed to be gettign mammograms."
State Rep. Diego Bernal (D-San Antonio), who was a sponsor of HB170, says without the legislation, a mammogram could cost a woman $800 after the screening and the diagnosis, and this bill will make it a lot easier for more women to undergo this life saving screening.
"So now, state regulated insurance plans and Medicaid will cover mammograms in full," he said.