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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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1/28/2024 - Sent comments to the FL Senate Banking and Insurance Committee in support of SB 932, legislation aiming to expand coverage of high-risk, supplemental breast screenings and diagnostic imaging with no patient cost-sharing.

1/16/2024 - Joined stakeholders in a letter to President Biden asking that he recognize March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and light the White House blue to honor those we have lost and those fighting this disease.

12/7/2023 - Asked HHS to issue guidance clarifying that “surveillance colonoscopy” after a colonoscopy that required polyp removal is part of screening and that patients should not face out-of-pocket costs for the follow-up procedure.

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