FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: October 1, 2010
Health Reform Law Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention
Washington, D.C. – Honoring the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Health Information Center (HIC), calls attention to the ways the new health care law helps women in the fight against breast cancer. The law provides education, prevention and protection for all women, but it also specifically outlines increased support for breast cancer awareness.
"Breast cancer can be an aggressive killer, but it doesn’t have to be," said HIC Spokeswoman, Erikka Knuti. "Provisions in The Affordable Care Act will help make the difference between life and death for countless women. This law will help ensure that more women will beat cancer."
The Affordable Care Act promotes early detection, helps provide free screenings, and improves access to treatment. It contains portions of the bi-partisan Education and Awareness Requires Learning Act (EARLYAct), authored by Breast Cancer survivor Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (FL-22). While not among the better known provisions, the law improves resources and access to care for women in the fight against this deadly disease in the following ways:
- Education and Prevention – Provides funding to provide women with early education about the risks of breast cancer, and directs Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop education campaigns targeting young women, that focusing on preventions and early detection.
- Early Detection – Access to free mammograms and screenings for cancer, without being charged a deductible, copayment or coinsurance, and directs National Institutes of Health to develop new screening tests and methods to improve early detection in young women.
- Support – Includes grants to organizations the provide support for young women with breast cancer.
- Stable Care – Women no longer have to worry about being dropped from their insurance after they are diagnosed with breast cancer. No more lifetime limits on benefits means that no more worrying that you will “max out” on coverage in the course of treatments, or go bankrupt while you fight cancer. And soon survivors wil no longer be denied coverage because the cancer they beat is a pre-existing condition.
Last month, HIC launched “America’s Fair Health Care” to provide resources and information about the law’s implementation. HIC is a non-partisan, non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the public about the Affordable Care Act.