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As a non-partisan independent expenditure-only Political Action Committee, we are determined to identify candidates that will support the following issues:

  • To provide women with increased access to preventive and life-saving cancer screening.
  • To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide coverage for custom fabricated breast prostheses following a mastectomy.
  • This bill requires that any provision of law referring to current recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) with respect to breast cancer screening, mammography, and prevention be administered as if: (1) the provision referred to USPSTF recommendations last issued before 2009; and (2) those recommendations applied to any screening mammography modality, including any digital modality of such a procedure. (In 2009, the USPSTF updated its guidelines to recommend against routine screening mammography for women between 40 to 49 years of age and to recommend biennial, instead of annual, screening mammography for most women between 50 to 74 years of age.) This requirement shall also apply to the Veterans Health Administration's policy on mammography screening for veterans.
  • This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to require mammography facilities to include up-to-date information about breast density in both the written report of the results of a mammography examination provided to a patient's physician and the summary of that written report given to the patient. The summary must convey: (1) the effect of breast density in masking the presence of breast cancer on a mammogram, and (2) that individuals with dense breasts should talk with their health care providers about any questions or concerns regarding the summary and whether they would benefit from additional tests
  • This bill amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to establish the Oncology Medical Home Demonstration Project, through which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) shall make special payments to participating oncology practices that coordinate patient care and meet other specified requirements.
  • This bill amends the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), the Public Health Service Act, and the Internal Revenue Code to require a group or individual health plan that provides medical and surgical benefits to ensure that inpatient (and in the case of a lumpectomy, outpatient) coverage and radiation therapy are provided for breast cancer treatment. Such a plan may not: (1) restrict benefits for any medically necessary hospital stay to less than 48 hours for a mastectomy or breast conserving surgery or less than 24 hours for a lymph node dissection, or (2) require that a provider obtain authorization from the plan for prescribing any such hospital stay.
  • This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to require group and individual health plans that cover anticancer medications administered by a health care provider to provide no less favorable cost sharing for patient-administered anticancer medications. This requirement applies to medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration that is prescribed based on a finding by the treating physician that the medication is medically necessary for cancer treatment and is clinically appropriate in terms of type, frequency, extent site, and duration.

Breast cancer research is made possible by funding and most research funding is controlled by lawmakers.  Our for expenditure only, Political Action Committee is a non-partisan organization dedicated to educating about and advocating for funding into cutting-edge breast cancer research.

WE ARE NON-PARTISAN BECAUSE BREAST CANCER DOESN’T CARE ABOUT POLITICAL AFFILIATIONS.

Breast cancer is a growing problem for both men and women in the United States; and while survival rates are going up with early detection, diagnosis rates are skyrocketing.  We help leading researchers gain visibility and funding for their work with local, state, and federal lawmakers through our advocacy work.

Support

Finding the strength to deal with the changes brought about by breast cancer can be easier for patients and those who love them when they have appropriate support services. It is vital that these patients get the support and attention that they need in order to handle these situations as best as possible.

Research

The key to the research of breast cancer lies within the hands of Doctors, Medical Centers and researchers in hospitals across the country. With proper funding they are able to find better ways to detect, diagnose, and treat this disease.

What can we do?

The importance of funding is absolutely critical in the discovery of a cure for this disease that plagues so many people. There are more than 3.1 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. It becomes more imparitive every day that this funding is achieved in order to gain further efforts in this battle in finding the cure.