FORCE advocates for families facing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer in areas such as access to care, research funding, insurance, and privacy.
The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is a government-supported independent panel of experts that reviews and develops recommendations on select preventive health services. The USPSTF recommendations are used to guide which preventive services are covered at no cost to patients under the Affordable Care Act.
On January 12, 2016 the Task force released new Breast Cancer: Screening Recommendations. If implemented, women between the ages of 40 and 49 would likely lose access to lifesaving breast screening mammography. A bill signed into law in December 2015, however, ensures that these new guidelines will not take effect for at least two years. FORCE was a leader in efforts to curtail the proposed guidelines via the "Stop the Guidelines" campaign and support of the Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screenings (PALS) Act. This law placed a two-year moratorium on changes to the existing breast cancer screening guidelines, maintaining free annual mammogram screenings for women aged 40 to 74 while the impact of the recent guidelines and the USPSTF recommendations process are examined more closely.
The moratorium was a victory for the breast cancer community. FORCE will continue fighting to preserve 100% insurance coverage of mammography screenings for all women starting at age 40.