October 6, 2017
What comes next after Graham-Cassidy?
Members of Congress are looking for a new path forward since the Senate’s latest attempt to push through health care legislation known as the Graham-Cassidy bill.
Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), chair and ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Pensions and Labor Committee, have resumed their bi-partisan discussions around stabilizing the individual insurance markets established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Prior to the Graham-Cassidy bill, the senators were working closely with stakeholders to develop proposals that would ease concerns from insurers and increase their confidence in offering plans that will cover millions of Americans. With the latest effort out of the way, conversations will incorporate lessons learned from Graham-Cassidy and the potential for a bi-partisan proposal for amending the ACA.
A new bill puts prevention at risk….AGAIN
The House Energy and Commerce Committee has begun hearings on a new proposal called the Champion Act, which would remove more than six billion dollars from the Prevention and Public Health Fund to reauthorize community health center funding.
While we fully support efforts to fund these programs, it is not cost-effective nor safe to drain resources from community prevention efforts to do so.
Prevention saves money in the long run, and saves lives. We should be doing everything we can to make it easier for people to access cancer screening and coverage for preventive services, which is essential to millions of Americans.
Please take some time to reach out to your representative and let them know that prevention is critical!
Congressional Families Action for Cancer Awareness Awards luncheon celebrates 25 years
A bipartisan, bicameral group of cancer prevention champions gathered in the beautiful Members Room of the Library of Congress on September 27 to celebrate the silver anniversary of the Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program’s Action for Cancer Awareness Awards Luncheon. The unique event recognizes Congressional spouses, distinguished journalists and leading advocates for using their respective platforms to help educate the public on cancer prevention.
The theme of “Catch the Wave of Prevention” illustrates the momentum created from the sharing of knowledge, inspiration, and engagement around cancer prevention and wellness. This year’s honorees exemplify the mission of The Prevent Cancer Foundation® and their positive impact on cancer prevention: Sarah Hospodor-Pallone (spouse of Rep. Frank Pallone, D-NJ). Marie Royce (spouse of Rep. Edward Royce, R-CA), Laurie McGinley, health/medical reporter for The Washington Post, and Sun Bum®, an innovative sunscreen company that uses its social media presence to encourage sun protection.
To learn more, check out our full recap!
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the perfect time to spread awareness about breast health, prevention and early detection in your community. Check out the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s® free Breast Health for Young Women Facilitator’s Guide, available for download in English and Spanish.
From urban schools in Minnesota and health fairs in New York to a health center in Bermuda, educators around the world are using the guide in schools and community settings to educate young women. Group leaders have used the guide to cover breast cancer myths and facts, encourage young women to advocate for their health and encourage them to share screening information with female relatives who are age-appropriate. Download your copy today.