Statement by the President: Legislation on New Health Coverage Option (10/4/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                           October 4,

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     I am extremely pleased that the Senate unanimously passed legislation
today providing an important new health coverage option to low-income,
uninsured women with breast cancer.  With passage of the Breast and
Cervical Cancer Act of 1999, the Senate has virtually assured that the
Congress will present me with legislation that I was pleased to include in
this year?s budget and that I will be proud to sign into law.  I would like
to thank my wife Hillary for her constant advocacy on behalf of this
legislation.  Her longstanding advocacy for women with breast cancer is
well known and has been the inspiration behind this Administration?s
unwavering commitment to this issue.  I look forward to final passage of
this important bill and the new security it will provide for thousands of
women with breast cancer.


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