Advocate for Change

In addition to funding breast cancer research and local breast health programs, Susan G. Komen® also serves as the voice for more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors through the Komen Advocacy Alliance (KAA), working to ensure that the fight against breast cancer is a priority among policymakers in Washington D.C., and every Capitol across the country.

Each year, Komen identifies advocacy issues that have the greatest potential impact on our mission to end breast cancer forever and energize science to find the cures. This process includes feedback from Komen Headquarters leadership, advocacy staff, and subject matter experts: Komen Affiliates from across the country, advisory groups including the Komen Advocacy Advisory Taskforce, Advocates in Science, and Komen Scholars; and other stakeholders with a vested interest in breast cancer-related issues.

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2019 – 2020 Komen New England Advocacy Priorities

Ensure Access to Affordable, High-Quality Health Care

  • Protect access to affordable, high-quality health care for all patients.
  • Support Medicaid expansion and expanded eligibility for Medicaid’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP).
  • Ensure continued access to Medicaid coverage without burdensome restrictions.


Advance Breast Cancer Research

  • Expand federal funding for all biomedical research, especially breast cancer research conducted at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and at the Department of Defense (DOD).
  • Support state funding for breast cancer research programs conducted through state institutions.
  • Support increased education, utilization, and access to clinical trials for all patient populations.


Increase Coverage and Access to Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnostic Services

  • Support federal and state funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP).
  • Support policies to modernize NBCCEDP state programs to expand eligibility and provide breast cancer screening and diagnostic services for additional populations.
  • Reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket costs for diagnostic imaging.


Reduce Insurance Barriers to Treatment

  • Protect patient preference, enhance coverage, reduce cost and address barriers to breast cancer treatments, including those that would require oral parity, preclude specialty tiers, prevent step therapy protocols, prevent non-medical switching and limit patient’s out-of-pocket costs.


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