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6/26/2020
Provided feedback on the “Preparing for the Next Pandemic” white paper asking that it address high out-of-pocket costs for oral anticancer drugs in future pandemic relief efforts.

5/11/2020
Joined the Partnership to Improve Patient Care in a letter to the new VP for Patient Engagement at the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), offering to partner in advancing patient engagement and patient-centeredness at ICER.

5/8/2020
Expressed support for increased diversity in clinical trials, signing onto an effort urging congressional leadership to include text from HR 913, the CLINICAL TREATMENT Act, in the next COVID-19 relief bill.  

5/4/2020
Collaborated with the All Cancers Congress in asking U.S. governors to require that all health insurers allow for up to 90-day medication supplies during the COVID crisis.

Act Now to Support Broader Access to Genetic Counseling

Genetic Testing & Counseling

Overview

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. We recently joined over 240 in signing a letter in support of this legislation.

Genetic testing is an increasingly important and complex service that improves health care by enabling informed medical decisions. Genetic counselors are professionals with advanced training in medical genetics and counseling to interpret genetic test results, and to guide and support patients. their families, and their health care team(s). Unfortunately, current Medicare policy restricts access to these highly trained providers who can optimize the benefits of genetic testing.

Many private health plans and state Medicaid programs look to Medicare for guidance on what health services should be covered. As such, this legislation is also likely to improve access and coverage of genetic counseling beyond Medicare.

FORCE recently joined over 240 organizations signing this letter in support of the legislation. Please join us in supporting coverage of genetic counseling for Medicare beneficiaries and all Americans.

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Click here to contact your representative in the U.S. Congress and let them know why access to genetic counseling is important!

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