Become an Advocate
Komen® Arizona actively participates in matters of public policy that impact universal access to breast cancer screening and treatment services.
Recent advancements in breast health and cancer care policy in Arizona:
- 2012: Abolished barriers to the Well Woman HealthCheck Program, a screening program for uninsured and underinsured women. Expanded funding for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program from approximately $800,000 to $8 million.
- 2013: Medicaid Restoration. Restored healthcare coverage to thousands of childless adults eligible for AHCCCS as well as coverage for adults from 100-133% of the federal poverty level.
- 2014: Oral Chemo Parity. Eliminated cost disparities for oral versus IV-administered anti-cancer drugs. In 2008, less than 10 percent of cancer drugs existed in an oral form. By 2013, that number is expected to grow to 25 percent if not more.
Komen Arizona’s public policy priorities are:
- Support for expanded federal funding for biomedical research, especially breast cancer research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense (DOD);
- Support state and federal funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) and support policies to modernize NBCCEDP state programs to expand eligibility and provide breast cancer screening and diagnostic services for additional populations;
- Advocate for policies to improve insurance coverage for breast cancer treatments and screening, specifically pertaining to increased access to drug therapies and limiting out-of-pocket costs for diagnostic mammography; and
- Evaluate state and federal policies to increase awareness, education and access to clinical trials for all patient populations.
Would you like to become a Komen Arizona Public Policy Advocate volunteer? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Komen Advocacy Alliance
The Susan G. Komen® Advocacy Alliance (KAA) is the non-partisan voice for over 2.5 million breast cancers survivors and the people who love them. Our mission is to translate the Komen promise to end breast cancer forever into action at all levels of government to discover and deliver the cures.