Susan G. Komen’s 2019 – 2020 Public Policy & Advocacy Priorities:

  • Ensure access to affordable, high-quality health care
  • Protect access to affordable, high-quality health care for all patients
  • Support Medicaid expansion and expanded eligibility for Medicaid’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP)
  • Ensure continued access to Medicaid coverage without burdensome restrictions
  • Advance breast cancer research
  • Expand federal funding for all biomedical research, especially breast cancer research conducted at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and at the Department of Defense (DOD)
  • Support state funding for breast cancer research programs conducted through state institutions
  • Support increased education, utilization of and access to clinical trials for all patient populations
  • Increase coverage and access to breast cancer screening and diagnostic services
  • Support federal and state funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)
  • Support policies to modernize NBCCEDP state programs to expand eligibility and provide breast cancer screening and diagnostic services for additional populations
  • Reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket costs for diagnostic imaging
  • Reduce insurance barriers to treatment
  • Protect patient preference and enhance coverage, including policies that would require oral parity, preclude specialty tiers, prevent step therapy protocols, prevent non-medical switching and limit patients’ out-of-pocket costs
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