Let your voice be heard! Mark your calendar now to join advocates from around the nation on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 in Washington, DC!
Annually in May, VBCF provides training and transportation to activists across the state to attend National Lobby Day, hosted by the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Breast cancer advocates from around the country travel to Washington, DC to meet with their legislators about public policy regarding breast cancer.
VBCF asks you to show up and be counted! VBCF provides transportation to Washington DC, materials, event coordination, and even snacks and lunch along the way. Please note that once in DC, strenuous walking on inclines and stairs is required – please plan accordingly.
2014 NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
PRIORITY #1 – Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act: In 2010, the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) set a deadline to know how to end breast cancer and launched a plan to achieve it. Breast Cancer Deadline 2020® is a call to action for all stakeholders to focus efforts on knowing how to end the disease by the end of the decade. The “Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act,” S. 865 and H.R. 1830, defines an important role the federal government must play in this effort. The legislation complements and enhances the strategic work being done by NBCC to end breast cancer once and for all.
PRIORITY #2 – $150 Million for the Department of Defense (DOD) Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) for FY2015: As a result of NBCC’s grassroots advocacy, the DOD BCRP was created in 1992 to “eradicate breast cancer by funding innovative, high-impact research through a partnership of scientists and consumers.” The DOD BCRP is widely viewed as an innovative, unique, and efficient medical research model which has proven to be accountable to the public and has produced extraordinary results. NBCC seeks continued funding for this successful program.
PRIORITY #3 – Guaranteed Access to Quality Care for All: Ensuring access to quality, evidence-based health care has been a top priority of NBCC for many years and is an essential component of Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®. NBCC works to identify, advocate for, and support the implementation of laws such as the“Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” which mark important steps forward in access to quality health care for individuals with, and at risk of, breast cancer. In addition, NBCC remains committed to protecting vital existing programs, such as the Medicaid Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (Medicaid BCCTP).
PRIORITY #4 – Ensuring the Participation of Educated Patient Advocates in all Levels of Health Care Decision Making: NBCC continues to work to ensure that educated patient advocates have a “seat at the table” in all levels of health care decision making which affects their lives.