NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law Monday making it easier for women to get screened for breast cancer. He was joined by hundreds of bikers, including his longtime girlfriend and cancer survivor Sandra Lee.
They left from Suffolk County and stopped at Citi Field before heading upstate. The goal was to raise awareness and send a clear message: no more excuses.
Hospitals will have at least four extended screening hours each week for women who have difficulty finding time during the work day. The cost is now free of charge. The legislation has insurance companies paying the entire cost of screening.
Alongside the governor was Billy Joel, Long Island music man and supporter of the bill.
About 15,000 women in New York State are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. These changes hit close to home for survivors and supporters.