Statement Sets the Record Straight on AHCA and HR 1313
May 2017 - Recent events related to proposed changes in health care and genetic privacy laws have spurred concern and uncertainty in the hereditary cancer community. Some media stories have disseminated inaccurate information, which has intensified people's unease. We prepared this briefing to dispel some of the misinformation and allay some of the fears that have been expressed by members of our community.
This statement aims to answer questions and clarify information regarding the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act (HR 1313), employer-based wellness programs, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). It also explains where things stand with repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and clarifies what may be considered a pre-existing condition. We encourage you to share this with friends and family in the hereditary cancer community. Please check back regularly for updates as policies on these and other issues are considered.
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.