Power. Progress. Prevention. April 13, 2018

Published on April 13, 2018

Updated on September 28, 2018

April 13, 2018

Executive order implements work requirements for Medicaid

On Tuesday afternoon, President Trump signed an executive order imposing work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries and those receiving food or housing subsidies.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had recently approved waivers in Indiana, Kentucky and Arkansas, allowing them to impose work requirements on their own Medicaid beneficiaries for the first time in the department’s history. Although President Trump’s order does not immediately impose any requirements, federal agencies have been directed to investigate where changes can be made. 

The Prevent Cancer Foundation® believes in access to preventive services for all. Forcing cancer patients to work can be harmful, as the required hours may impede access to treatment. The order also poses a risk for beneficiaries across the country who rely on Medicaid to access screening and early detection services. 

View the executive order in its entirety here.

Check out the new Prevent Cancer Foundation® website

The Prevent Cancer Foundation® has a new website! It is now faster and easier to find important information on cancer prevention and early detection.

The new Advocacy “microsite” is full of resources like the Advocacy Toolkit, a directory to learn more about your Members of Congress and the advocacy and policy glossary.

Visit the website for other great resources like an insurance coverage tool to help you understand which screenings your insurance covers, the hereditary cancer quiz to help evaluate how your health history could impact your cancer risk and a new microsite for the Think About the Link® campaign that gives a comprehensive look at the link between certain viruses and cancer.

The new site is optimized for mobile use, so start exploring today!

2018 Advocacy Workshop

The Foundation held its annual Advocacy Workshop on Wednesday, where participants heard from advocates, policy experts, patient navigators and researchers about the issues barring minorities and other underserved populations from accessing quality health education and care.

Panelists addressed issues facing these communities, not just for those affected by cancer, but for those affected by chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. The panelists see many of the same issues affecting health disparities, such as access to transportation, child care and other resources that patients need to get to appointments. They also discussed a need for better patient-provider communication and called on insurers to help patients understand their coverage.

We look forward to working together to advocate for legislation that helps medically underserved populations. Contact to learn more about future advocacy events.

April is National Minority Health Month

National Minority Health Month is the perfect time to call attention to cancer health disparities that adversely impact minority groups.

Many minority groups are at an increased risk of cancer due to social, economic and environmental factors, including lower health literacy and access to health care. People who lack knowledge on cancer prevention may not know or understand how behaviors such as tobacco use, poor nutrition and an inactive lifestyle relate to cancer, and those without access to quality health care services won’t have access to routine cancer screenings, such as mammograms, colonoscopies and Pap tests. 

You can help improve health equity in your community by volunteering at a local food bank, starting a community garden, hosting a neighborhood walking group or sharing the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Seven Steps to Prevent Cancer with people you know. Take action today to improve health equity, so everyone has a chance to Stop Cancer Before It Starts!®

Read the spring edition of Cancer PreventionWorks

The spring newsletter is here! Download your copy today for the latest news in the world of cancer prevention and early detection. 

In this edition, you will learn about Congress’ move to continue protecting access to mammograms for women ages 40-49 and a new bill seeking to amend the process the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) uses to create its recommendations, which are highly controversial. 

The newsletter also covers strategies for health care professionals to use when recommending the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to parents and information on why women should receive both HPV and Pap tests to better detect cervical cancer early. 

Don’t forget to subscribe to the newsletter so you never miss an issue of Cancer PreventionWorks. 

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