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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.

Establishment of National HBOC Week and Previvor Day

Hereditary Cancer Awareness

Overview

On September 15th, 2010, in a unanimous show of support, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of a Resolution sponsored by Rep. Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) establish National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week and National Previvor Day. National HBOC week is now recognized as an annual event, beginning the last Sunday in September and ending the first Saturday in October.  National Previvor Day occurs on the Wednesday of that week.  The timing—the transition between National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month (September) and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October)—demonstrates the link between these two cancers.  It is estimated that up to 25% of ovarian cancers are due to hereditary factors and approximately 10% of breast cancers are hereditary. FORCE is proud to have spearheaded this initiative to bring attention to HBOC syndromes and to recognize their impact on the families affected.

Read the text of the resolution, H Res #1522. 

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