September 8, 2017
Senate holds hearings to discuss the future of health care
The Senate Health, Labor, Education and Pensions (HELP) Committee, chaired by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), is hearing testimony on solutions to stabilize the individual insurance markets established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Members from both sides of the aisle expressed concern over the future of the marketplaces, especially as many insurers are weary of offering plans in certain states after the health care debate earlier this year.
The HELP committee aims to propose a bipartisan solution to address the concerns of patient advocacy groups, health care providers and insurers. Most of these concerns are centered around essential health benefits, cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments and 1332 waivers, which were envisioned as a way for states to achieve ACA coverage goals with alternative approaches to better suit its specific health care market needs.
With insurers slated to submit their coverage offerings to the White House in just a few days, the Senate has a short timeframe to draft a proposal. We will provide updates as they become available.
Cancer prevention and early detection programs receive much needed funding
The goals of the projects include breast health education and screening, genetic counseling, quality improvement of colorectal cancer screening and health promotion. These programs will have a direct impact on their communities, from Honolulu to Reading, Pennsylvania, including migrant farm workers, health care providers and Cambodian, African-American and Latino populations in the U.S.
The programs were selected in a highly competitive grant cycle, and each will receive $25,000 for a one-year grant period. More about these 10 projects.
Think About the Link® is headed to San Francisco
Think About the Link® will be in San Francisco on Friday, September 15 for an educational summit on the power of vaccines to prevent cancer. Come learn about the link between hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV) and related cancers, as well as best practices to improve vaccination rates in California.
Hepatitis B is a leading cause of liver cancer and HPV is linked to almost all cervical cancer cases and at least five other types of cancer.