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EARLY Act Brings Young Breast Cancer to Forefront

Hereditary Cancer Awareness

The Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act of 2009 (EARLY Act), HR 1740, was introduced by Representative Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), a breast cancer survivor who carries a BRCA2 mutation. FORCE participated in a coalition of groups providing guidance on the proposed legislation.

EARLY Act logoPassed as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March 2010, the EARLY Act authorized a nationwide 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. Initially funded for five years, the EARLY Act Reauthorization of 2014 was passed on December 28, 2014. 

Since that time, the initiative has brought about a number of programs including the CDC's Bring Your Brave Campaign and Program Support for Survivor Organizations—including the FORCE XRAY Program, among other activities.

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12/14/2020 - Reached out to Hill leadership requesting that any end-of-year legislative package include a permanent extension of the 7.5% threshold for medical expense deductions. 

12/10/2020 - Joined over 300 national, state and community organizations in a letter to the Biden-Harris Transition Team urging the incoming administration to prioritize healthcare immediately upon taking office and outlining key priorities. 

12/9/2020 - Signed on to a letter asking Congressional leadership to include the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act (HR1570/S668) in the year-end legislative package, waiving Medicare coinsurance if polyps are found/removed during a colonoscopy screening.

11/17/2020 - Sent a letter to Texas legislators expressing support for genetic counselor licensure, an important mechanism to help patients and providers identify appropriately trained and qualified genetic counseling professionals.

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