Join VBCF on the following days at the 2015 Virginia General Assembly to support improved health care for Virginians. VBCF partners with like-minded organizations across the state to meet with our elected legislators to discuss issues important to Virginians affected by breast cancer.
No training is necessary. Team leaders trained on the legislative priorities lead the days – we need you to show up and show our legislators that this is an important health care issue.
Fair Copay VA Advocacy Day on Wednesday, January 21st - is a patient-focused campaign dedicated to ensuring that Virginians who have paid their insurance premiums are able to access the medical treatments they need when they or someone in their family gets sick. Led by Patient Services, Inc., VBCF and other organizations support a legislative solution to limit out-of-pocket costs for vital medications. Insurers are increasingly moving medications to so-called “specialty tier” price categories, which require patients to pay a percentage of the total cost of their drugs, rather than a manageable and fixed copay. This can result in hundreds or even thousands of dollars per month in additional out-of-pocket costs for even a single medication. To learn more, visit www.faircopayva.org.
Healthcare for All Virginians (HAV) Coalition Advocacy Day on Wednesday, January 28th – VBCF is one of more than 100 members of the HAV coalition which will come together to advocate for affordable, quality health care to as many as 400,000 Virginians without health insurance. A new analysis shows hundreds and even thousands of residents in every legislator’s district stand to gain coverage if Virginia lawmakers close the coverage gap, according to a new report by The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, an independent fiscal and economic policy organization in Richmond. To learn more and register, please click here.
We support state policies and programs that enable Virginians to receive breast cancer screening and treatment regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.
We continue to support the maintenance of Virginia’s laws relating to insurance mandates:
- Insurance coverage and genetic information privacy for individuals or individuals’ children based on genetic testing.
- Insurance coverage for mammograms.
- Insurance coverage for patients cost incurred during participation in clinical trials for cancer.
- Inability to deny health insurance to breast cancer survivors (if the insured has been free from breast cancer for a period of 5 years or more prior to the application date for coverage).
- Insurance coverage for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy; and after a mastectomy to reestablish symmetry between the breasts.
- A minimum 48 hour hospital stay following a mastectomy.
- Insurance coverage for treatment of lymphedema.