Public Policy is a domain that may seem to be restricted to professional politicians or powerbrokers, however defining the path our nation takes relies on citizen participation. For breast cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones, Public Policy can have a vital impact on their everyday lives. Public Policy, and the laws that stem from it, affects essential aspects of the fight against breast cancer such as:
- Funding scientific research.
- Drug approval, safety and costs.
- Health insurance regulation.
- Government aid programs such as Disability Insurance benefits.
Breast cancer advocates have a voice that speaks from experience. So, in the context of our busy lives, how can we get involved and what can we, as constituents, achieve? Involvement can be as simple as calling or emailing your representative to support or contest legislation that will directly impact your life. It can also be as powerful & inspiring as walking the halls of Congress to lobby on Capitol Hill. BCCRF believes in ensuring access to quality health care for all, and influencing Public Policy is an essential component for achieving that goal.
Policy Research Library
Important Breast Cancer Legislation
Breast cancer advocates have been responsible for shaping important landmark legislation and programs such as:
- The Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program.
- The California Breast Cancer Act of 1993.
- The Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act of 2000.
- Breast Cancer and the Environmental Research Act of 2007.
- The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act.
NBCC’s National Action Network Center
BCCRF believes in the power of participation. As a member of the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC), our organization collaborates with advocacy groups across the nation to push for meaningful change.
NBCC has an ingenious National Action Network Center on their website, accessible to all. Even if politics are not your thing, or you don’t know where to start, the Action Network has helpful online tools such as finding your specific elected officials and knowing which bills they have sponsored, or email & social media templates to disseminate information about pertinent breast cancer legislation.
Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act
BCCRF is proud to announce our support and advocacy efforts toward the Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act.