Get on the Bus! National Advocacy Day: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Join VBCF for our annual trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with Virginia’s Members of Congress. VBCF offers transportation and organizes visits for breast cancer survivors and advocates to travel to Washington, DC to participate in the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) Lobby Day on Capitol Hill. No experience is necessary. VBCF will provide background materials and an orientation to help all advocates make their voices heard.
- National Advocacy Day is an all day event (approximately 6am-5pm)
- Bus Transportation: VBCF plans to have regional bus picks ups in Newport News, Richmond, and Fredricksburg. The bus fee is $10.00 per person.
- VBCF will make appointments with all members of Virginia’s congressional delegation. Advocates will be grouped by legislator and attend meetings together.
- Lunch and snacks provided.
- Significant walking required (including stairs, uphill/downhill)
Overview of the Day
Bus Pick Up: (exact locations subject to change)
- 5:45am – Newport News
- 6:15am- Williamsburg
- 7:00am – Richmond
- 8:30am – Fredricksburg
- 9:30am Arrive in Washington D.C.
- 10am-Noon Meetings with legislators
- Noon Lunch (provided by NBCC)
- 1:00-2:30pm Meetings with legislators
- 3:00pm Depart Washington D.C.
NBCC’s 2017 Legislative Priorities are:
• $150 million for the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program for FY2018 – 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.
• 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®. Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the NBCC grassroots Board of Directors approved a Framework for a Health Care System Guaranteeing Access to Quality Health Care for All which built on NBCC’s Principles for Quality Care. In 2010, NBCC endorsed and advocated for the passage and implementation of ACA which marked important steps forward in access to quality health care for individuals with, and at risk of, breast cancer. The Coalition opposes and will work to defeat any and all efforts to repeal the ACA or replace it with something less expansive. In addition, NBCC remains committed to protecting vital existing programs such as the Medicaid Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (Medicaid BCCTP) and critically examining any proposed changes to programs such as Medicare in order to determine the impact they would have on this population.
• Ensuring the Participation of Educated Patient Advocates in all Levels of Health Care Decisions – NBCC continues to work to ensure that educated patient advocates who represent a constituency, have a meaningful “seat at the table” in all levels of health care decision making which affects their lives.