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Newsflash

7/26/2019
FORCE is supporting legislation (H.R. 4078) to reauthorize and increase funding for the Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act (EARLY) Act.

6/27/2019
We played a lead role in drafting coalition comments on the FDA's proposed mammography guideline updates.

6/21/2019
FORCE recommendations regarding genomics were accepted and will be integrated into the Healthy People 2030 objectives.

6/3/2019
Today, the FDA announced a new pilot program called Project Facilitate to assist oncologists in requesting access to unapproved therapies for cancer patients. 

5/7/2019
We signed onto coalition letters to the House and Senate regarding FY20 funding for the Defense Health Research programs. 

Support 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 of 2019” (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.

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.

Please join us in supporting coverage of genetic counseling for Medicare beneficiaries and all Americans.

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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