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FORCE advocates for families facing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer in areas such as access to care, research funding, insurance, and privacy.

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Newsflash

2/25/2020 - We joined other coalition members in a letter to Congressional leadership urging reauthorization of the PALS and EARLY Acts to ensure continued access to breast cancer education, awareness and screening.

12/17/2019 - A FORCE staff member made comments at the FDA ODAC hearing in favor of olaparib as maintenance therapy for BRCA+ metastatic pancreatic cancer patients.

12/9/2019 - FORCE and 100+ orgs advocated that legislators complete FY20 Defense Appropriations Act negotiations and quickly pass/enact the bill to ensure continued funding of the DoD CDMRP.

12/4/2019 - We wrote South Carolina Senate medical affairs committee members asking that they support genetic counselor licensure in the state.

12/4/2019 - We joined the MedEx Coalition in asking elected officials to co-sponsor the Medical Expense Savings Act, legislation making the 7.5% threshold for medical expense deductions permanent.

Hereditary Cancer Awareness

Take Action Now!

FORCE has strived to raise awareness about hereditary breast and ovarian cancers (HBOC) since its inception in 1999. Over the years, this has included local, state and federal initiatives aimed at increasing public knowledge about the hereditary aspects of certain cancers, recognizing people affected by these cancers, and representing the HBOC community in the broader cancer community.

Hereditary Cancer Awareness

COVID-19 ACTION ALERT: Help Us Continue Our Important Work

Lawmakers are currently drafting coronavirus relief legislation to help industries impacted by the coronavirus. We need your help in asking senators to include charitable organizations, like FORCE, in that package. Please Take Action NOW!

Genetic Testing & Counseling

Act Now to Support Broader Access to Genetic Counseling

Genetic counselors provide crucial information and expertise to anyone impacted by hereditary cancer. But, did you know that these experts are not approved Medicare practitioners? The “Access to Genetic Counselor Services Act” (H.R. 3235) aims to remedy this issue. Join FORCE and the National Society of Genetic Counselors to support coverage of genetic counseling for Medicare beneficiaries and expanded access to genetic counseling services for all Americans.

Genetic Testing & Counseling

Fraud Alert! Genetic test scams are a growing problem.

September 27, 2019 - Federal law enforcement agencies recently charged 35 individuals for fraudulent genetic testing and Medicare billing practices. Scams are a growing problem. If you are considering DNA/genetic testing, there is important information that you should know first.

See this recent fraud alert issued by the Office of Inspector General and learn how you can protect yourself from fraud, misinformation, and harm.

Insurance Coverage & Barriers

Statement Sets the Record Straight on AHCA and HR 1313

May 2017 - Recent events related to proposed changes in health care and genetic privacy laws have spurred concern and uncertainty in the hereditary cancer community. Some media stories have disseminated inaccurate information, which has intensified people’s unease. We prepared this briefing to dispel misinformation and allay some of the fears that have been expressed. This statement aims to answer questions and clarify information regarding HR 1313, employer-based wellness programs, and GINA. It also explains where things stand with repeal and replacement of the ACA, and clarifies what may be considered a pre-existing condition. 

Hereditary Cancer Awareness

EARLY Act Brings Young Breast Cancer to Forefront

The Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young (EARLY) Act authorizes a nationwide breast cancer awareness and support campaign for women age 45 and under, including high-risk women, breast cancer survivors, and their doctors. The law also includes broad-reaching public and healthcare professional education campaigns, prevention research, and additional support for young women diagnosed with breast cancer. 

Hereditary Cancer Awareness

Establishment of National HBOC Week and Previvor Day

FORCE made history in 2010 with the successful passage of a Congressional resolution declaring the first-ever National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Week and National Previvor Day. FORCE spearheaded this effort to raise awareness and highlight the impact of these hereditary cancers. 

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