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2015 Advocacy Priorities
Susan G. Komen is the voice for the more than 3 million breast cancer survivors and those who love them, working to ensure that the fight against breast cancer is a priority among policymakers in Washington, D.C., and every Capitol across the country.
Each year, Komen works to identify, through a transparent and broad-based, intensive vetting and selection process, the policy issues that have the greatest potential impact on Komen’s mission. This process includes the collection of feedback from Komen Headquarters leadership, policy staff, and subject matter experts; Komen Affiliates from across the country; advisory groups including the Komen Advocacy Advisory Taskforce (KAAT), Advocates in Science (AIS), and Komen Scholars; and other stakeholders with a vested interest in breast cancer-related issues. The selected issues are the basis for Komen’s state and federal advocacy work in the coming year.
Komen’s 2015 Advocacy Priorities:
- Support expanded federal funding for breast cancer research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense (DOD);
- Support state and federal funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP);
- Advocate for policies to improve insurance coverage of breast cancer treatments, including those that would require oral parity, preclude specialty tiers and prevent step therapy protocols; and
- Evaluate state and federal policies to reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket costs for medically necessary diagnostic mammography.
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