PALS (Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screening) Act - H.R. 2412 / S. 4612
Originally enacted in 2015, reauthorization of the PALS Act is necessary to ensure that annual mammograms for women starting at age 40 will remain covered by health insurers with no cost to the patient. Access to these life-saving breast screenings is crucial!
Reducing Hereditary Cancer Act of 2021 - H.R. 4110
Medicare covers genetic testing only for people already diagnosed with cancer. For previvors with an inherited mutation, coverage of many high-risk cancer screenings or risk-reducing surgeries is prohibited by law. This legislation will modify the Medicare statutes to remedy these issues.
Genetic counselors provide crucial information and expertise. But, did you know that these knowledgeable providers are not approved Medicare practitioners? The Access to Genetic Counselor Services Act (H.R. 2144/
S. 1450) 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.
Comments on New Colorectal Cancer Screening Recommendations
February 3, 2021 – Today, FORCE asked the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) to develop Lynch syndrome screening recommendations to identify individuals at increased risk of colorectal and related cancers. This follows recent comments on its updated draft colorectal cancer screening guidelines.
September 29, 2020 - The FDA released new guidance on breast implant labeling and communication today. The agency recommends that implant manufacturers incorporate a 'black box warning' and patient decision checklist into the patient brochure; and, provides new implant rupture screening recommendations, changing the timeline and adding ultrasound as an alternative to MRI.
The ACA and GINA work together for the hereditary cancer community
Members of our community often have questions about the laws protecting people with hereditary cancer and inherited mutations. There are also misunderstandings about the definition of a pre-existing condition. Here, we clarify what is considered a pre-existing condition and the primary laws that protect people at increased risk of or affected by hereditary cancer.
9/9/2021 - Joined 131 groups in a letter to Congress outlining recommendations to improve prescription drug affordability in Medicare Part D.
7/21/2021 - Lisa Schlager, FORCE VP of Public Policy, made remarks in support of the Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screenings (PALS) Act, which aims to preserve access to screening mammograms with no cost-sharing for women ages 40-49.