Cigna will cease coverage for 3-D mammography

On December 14, 2015, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) urged its supporters to reach out to Cigna Insurance, who recently announced their decision to cease coverage of 3-D mammograms after February 15, 2016. 3-D mammography, also known as tomosynthesis, is a new technology that allows for visualization of the entire breast in multiple thin sections. It provides far greater resolution than conventional 2-D mammography.

Dr. Michael Misialek, Associate Chair of Pathology at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Clinical Assistant Professor of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Tufts University School of Medicine, and Medical Adviser for Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, has taken a lead in trying to reverse Cigna’s decision.

In December 2015, Dr. Misialek, along with Dr. Daniel Kopans, a senior radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, interviewed with Channel 5 regarding Cigna’s recent news. To view this Channel 5 interview, please click here.

Dr. Misialek contacted Cigna Insurance to request a reversal of their decision. You may find the chain of communication between Dr. Misialek and Cigna Insurance on MBCC’s blog here.

Cheryl Osimo, MBCC Executive Director, requested a meeting with Cigna’s president and CEO, David Cordani, to discuss the topic further either on the phone or in-person. Pamela Durand of the Executive Office Advocacy Team at Cigna declined.

“Since Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition’s inception in 1991, we have been working on mammography issues. As former MBCC President Ann Maguire stated in MBCC’s first newsletter from 1993, we need to move more people–men and women–to action in the fight against breast cancer. MBCC is still committed to advocating for men and women to continue receiving the best mammography care possible while simultaneously striving towards the goal of breast cancer prevention, a goal which has been ongoing since 1991,” says Osimo.

MBCC is asking you to join us in contacting Cigna to reconsider their decision in ceasing support of 3-D mammography testing after February 15, 2016. Cigna Insurance can be contacted via email at, via mail at 900 Cottage Grove Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002, or via phone at the Executive Office for Complaints at 1-800-446-6633, press 2.

Submit Complaints about NSTAR/Eversource Rights-of-Way Spraying Now

Submitted by Sue Phelan, 

The Attorney General’s Office reports that there are few complaints/objections filed with MDAR related to the NSTAR/Eversource herbicide spraying this year. Complaints are necessary for the AG to investigate the spraying. They require documentation. Send your objections and report any questionable spraying activity you seeAsk the Attorney General’s Office to investigate MDAR (the state agency charged with regulating the utility spraying) and its pathetic oversight, inspection, enforcement, and worse–the very approval of the Yearly Operational Plan. Attorney General Maura Healey is the “people’s lawyer”– chief lawyer and law enforcement officer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In her inaugural address, she stated, “The division will fight to keep our children safe and healthy, in their schools and in their homes, on the streets and online.” How about if those homes, streets, and schools are under or abutting the NSTAR/Eversource rights of way (ROWs)? The longer term problem is the further degradation of the Cape’s water which affects everyone whether you live on/near the utility rights-of-way or not. 2000 plus gallons of herbicide applied every year over the soil and water of Cape Cod benefits nothing but the bottom line of this bully corporation NSTAR/Eversource.

Time is running out to halt this poison plan. It’s still possible to spare some properties but it needs your attention TODAY. The spray crews are already out there. Let us know if you see them and we will help you document any chemical exposure for future legal action. We have lawyers willing to help but documentation is required.

GreenCAPE has several legal and field strategies up our green sleeves. Stay tuned. Here are a few actions YOU can easily take now that will make a difference in the outcome of this NSTAR/Eversource surreptitious toxic trespass on private and municipal properties.

OBJECT NOW to the application of herbicides on NSTAR/Eversource rights-of-way over our drinking water supply by sending an email or letter opposing the herbicide plan to the following: (Please Do NOT just call this time – documentation is one of the goals here).

Maura Healey, Attorney General
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108 -1518

By the way, Attorney General Healey will be visiting the Cape very soon. (Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 7:30pm., Barnstable Senior Center, 825 Falmouth Road (Rte 28) in Hyannis) and this affords an opportunity to remind her that all towns on Cape Cod already passed resolutions opposing NSTAR’s rights-of-way spraying.

Contact Commissioner John Lebeaux/MDAR, a new commissioner, and remind him that all towns on Cape Cod already passed resolutions opposing NSTAR’s rights-of-way spraying.
251 Causeway St., Suite 500
Boston, MA 02114

Contact Rights-of-Way Program Field Coordinator/Inspector/Enforcement Mike (same address as above).

Contact your State Representatives and Senators and request their help to stop the spraying NOW. Remind them AGAIN that their constituents in every single town on Cape Cod — all 15 of them — passed a resolution opposing the NSTAR/Eversource herbicide plan. 2000 plus gallons sprayed annually above the water supply adds up fast. How will they specifically help halt NSTAR/Eversource this time? Get a firm commitment from them.

Call Neversource (NSTAR+ Eversource=Neversource) and tell them you object to the use of herbicides along Cape rights-of-way and that you want a more long-term, sustainable approach to vegetation management; to maintain the power line easements the way they have for many years with selective cutting and mowing, and to consider the services of a professional goat herder.
NSTAR/Eversource Pres. and CEO Tom May at 617-424-2527; Investor Relations at 781-441-8338 or

Keep those letters going to the Cape Cod Times  or your local weekly newspaper. If they don’t print your letter, send it again and call them. Keep this problem in the news.

Sign the GreenCAPE online petition if you haven’t already.

Help Halt Spraying! Check out our new website and JOIN GREENCAPE – Get Updates and like GreenCAPE on Facebook and share!

Spraying will continue into the future if you do nothing. Join us in stopping it! We did it before and we will do it again!

Please forward to friends of Cape Cod wherever you find them.

Letters to the Editor Make a Difference

The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) always appreciates when one of our supporters writes to their local news editor. We hope that all of our supporters will take the opportunity to get the word out to their respective communities about the importance of increased attention to environmental causation and prevention of breast cancer.

Thank you to Marjorie Cotton Supple for taking the time to write the Cape Cod Times in support of our Let’s Talk Prevention Program. “Marjorie is a dedicated MBCC volunteer and we appreciate her support by educating the citizens of the Cape and across Massachusetts about the challenges we face,” says Cheryl Osimo, MBCC’s Executive Director, and Co-Founder of Silent Spring Institute.

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Comment Against NSTAR Spraying on Cape Cod

The comment period on NSTAR’s plan to spray chemical herbicides on Cape Cod ends today [2/18]!

Send your comment via email today to: Commissioner Greg Watson (MA Department of Agricultural Resources)  and  Michael McClean (Director of Rights-of-Way Programs at the MA State Pesticide Bureau)


MBCC NSTAR Formal Comment 2014

MBCC Executive Director, Cheryl Osimo, at an NSTAR rally in 2013 (click for more picture from the rally)

End the Epidemic this Holiday Season


Dear MBCC Supporters,

The first snowflakes of the season always seem to bring a little bit of magic packed inside their beautiful, intricate forms. Feeling those icy cold crystals melt on my skin brings warmth within me in knowing the season of giving has arrived.

Each holiday season for me is unfortunately also a painful reminder of irretrievable loss. In the same year that my wife and I celebrated our 25th anniversary of marriage, I lost this most important person in my life forever to breast cancer. The holidays feel like a persistent scar that may heal over but never goes away, always leaving a trace of hurt. However, with that comes a responsibility to do all I can to make sure that others never have to feel this way. With their mother no longer with us, I must do my part to protect my two daughters from undergoing the same suffering their mother did.

Those first flurries of snow do not discriminate who they touch, and sadly neither does breast cancer. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers and the second leading cause of cancer death for women in America. One in eight women will face a diagnosis of this terrible disease in her lifetime.

I will be the first one to say that no one would wish this disease upon another person. However, less than 7% of funds that are raised for breast cancer research by non-governmental organizations are dedicated to research specifically on prevention. The breast cancer movement is long overdue for a transformation. You can help make this change.

The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition is dedicated to preventing environmental causes of breast cancer through community education, research advocacy, and changes to public policy. We need your help in order to do this work.

Please consider a gift to MBCC during this special season. Also consider making a donation in the name of a loved one in the place of gifting another superfluous trinket, and we will send you a downloadable holiday card. If you are interested in our planned giving program or your workplace providing a matching gift, contact us for details. Your contribution before the end of 2013 will help us as we strive to end this epidemic long after the holiday season is through. Please also subscribe to our email blasts, view our educational video series and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

I hope you cherish this holiday season and let those special snow flurries bring you warmth and an open heart. Let those struggling with breast cancer know they are not alone, and help us make sure those not yet diagnosed never have to be.


Donations made via check can be mailed to the following address:

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition

333 Weymouth Street, #13

Rockland, MA 02370

Warm wishes for a happy holiday,

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Gerry Swift

MBCC Board of Directors Member

Pursuant to IRS guidelines, your contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.