National Advocacy Summit 2019: We Are Fighting for You

Susan G. Komen San Diego was at the National Advocacy Summit on May 2nd, 2019 in Washington D.C. because enough is enough. Children need their mothers, brothers need their sisters, and mothers need their daughters. That is why we called on Members of Congress to put women first and give them the care they deserve.

Our mission is fourfold:

1. Increase Federal funding for the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP).

The NBCCEDP provides breast screening, diagnostic and treatment services for low-income, uninsured individuals. In California, the programs funded by the NBCCEDP are Every Woman Counts (EWC) and the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP).

2. Increase Federal funding for breast cancer research.

By increasing National Institute of Health (NIH) funding for breast cancer research in the FY20 budgets, we can catalyze incredible breakthroughs and save countless lives.

3. Reduce out-of-pocket costs for breast diagnostic services.

A recent Komen commissioned study found that women across the country who have a suspicious finding from a screening mammogram are delaying, or even foregoing, needed diagnostic exams because of high out-of-pocket costs – with tragic potential consequences. The study also found the cost is particularly burdensome on those who have previously been diagnosed with breast cancer, as diagnostic tests are recommended as their standard of care rather than traditional screening mammography.

4. Pass the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act, H.R.1730/S.741.

Currently, oral chemotherapy pills are not covered under insurance at the same rates as IV chemotherapy at the Federal level. We are fortunate that California has passed oral parity at the State level, but since it has not been passed at the federal level, Californians who are Federal employees or have ERISA regulated insurances do not have these protections.

Susan G. Komen San Diego is a proud fighter for women and survivors across our country. Breast cancer has taken too many lives, and our elected officials must do something about it.