Past Legislation and Regulatory Action

Over the years, the Prevent Cancer Foundation has been involved with and supportive of a variety of different legislaion and regulatory actions.  To read about what the Prevent Cancer Foundation is currently involved with, please click here.

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2011

The Prevent Cancer Foundation, as a member of One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC), a coalition of public interest groups representing millions of cancer researchers, patients, survivors and their families throughout the nation, has signed on to a letter that went to the House and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairs and Ranking Members asking that they continue to make funding for cancer research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) a priority in the FY 2012 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill. Click here to read the letter.

Prevent Cancer Foundation joins members of the National Coalition for Cancer Research in efforts to alleviate the cost-sharing burdens of Medicare Advantage enrollees who are participating in clinical trials. Read comments here.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation, in partnership with Fight Colorectal Cancer, is organizing advocates to call Congress in support of the Colorectal Cancer Prevention, Early Detection, and Treatment Act of 2011. This bill has just been introduced by Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-3), Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas) and Senator Joe Lieberman (Connecticut) and will create a national screening and treatment program modeled after the very successful breast and cervical cancer screening program. This bill will help educate the public and improve access to screening for those that might not otherwise be able to afford it. To join our call please read our call information and script here.

2009

The Prevent Cancer Foundation sent comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) urging the reversal of the coverage decision which excludes virtual colonoscopy as a covered screening method for colorectal cancer. View the comments here.

2008

The Prevent Cancer Foundation sent letters to Congressman Mark Udall and Senator Tom Harkin in support of the PLAY Every Day (HR 2045/ S 651). This legislation helps fight obesity from the community level. Combating and preventing obesity early in life ensures children are at a reduced risk for serious adulthood diseases including cancer. In fact, obesity has been linked to incidences of two of the deadliest cancers in the United States: breast cancer and colorectal cancer. View the letter here.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation sent a letter to Congresswoman Deborah Pryce applauding her work on H.R.2676, the Access to Cancer Clinical Trials Act of 2007. This important legislation will remove barriers to clinical trials by requiring insurance companies to cover participation in a trial. Please read the letter here.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation joined with other members of the Cancer Leadership Council (CLC) to urge improvements of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services coverage of preventative services for Medicare beneficiaries. Coverage of these services are critical in ensuring Medicare beneficiaries are screened for cancer. View the letter here.

2007

The Prevent Cancer Foundation co-signed a letter urging the expansion of the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is a valuable nutrition program that results in children eating more fruits and vegetables and creates healthier school food environments. It is an important strategy to improve children’s health and reduce their risk of overweight/obesity and other diet-related health problems. View the letter here.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation joined with other members of the Cancer Leadership Council (CLC) to express concern over the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed decision memo on coverage of clinical trials for Medicare beneficiaries. The change in policy could restrict access to cutting edge cancer care for seniors. Click to view letter:

http://www.cancerleadership.org/policy/clinic_medicare/070817.html

The Prevent Cancer Foundation co-signed a letter to members of the United States Senate asking that the Senate include provisions in upcoming Medicare improvements to eliminate coinsurance and exempt patient deductibles for preventive screenings like colorectal cancer screening and mammography.  Exempting these costs for patients would make preventive health care more accessible for the Medicare population, many of whom are on fixed incomes. View the letter here.

The SunWise Schools program of the US Environmental Protection Agency is an effective educational program that reaches elementary school children across the country with information about sun safety and skin cancer prevention. The FY 2008 budget and appropriations bills did not fund the Suisse program in FY 2008. View the letter sent by the Prevent Cancer Foundation to all Members of the US Congress urging them to restore funding for SunWise.

Read Prevent Cancer Foundation comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the opportunity to comment in support of adding stool DNA testing for colorectal cancer screening as a covered benefit under the Medicare program.

Read Prevent Cancer Foundation comments to CMS urging them to revise the proposed process for adding compendia to the Medicare Part B program.

Read Prevent Cancer Foundation comments to CMS asking them not to change the payment policy concerning Mohs surgery.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation strongly supports efforts to create a federally funded screening program for colorectal cancer, serving low-income men and women. Read the text of our endorsement letter of HR 1738.

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