Federal Policy Priorities 2017
Protect the Affordable Care Act
Lawmakers need to remember that access to preventative healthcare isn’t just about cost; it’s a life and death decision. For people who are facing cancer, are cancer survivors, or one of the other millions of Americans who were insured for the first time, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) gave access to life saving prevention and treatment.
Nearly one in four American adults may be denied from access to healthcare coverage without the ACA’s provision to protect people with a pre-existing condition. Prior to the Affordable Care Act, a pre-existing condition often meant choosing between exorbitant premiums, or no coverage at all. 40,000 young people in Wisconsin were able to stay on their parent’s health insurance, and 224,000 people are covered directly by the Healthcare.gov Marketplace.
While the “repeal and replace” model seems to have gained some popularity among House Republicans, what “replace” looks like is vague. While President Elect Trump wants to keep some of the more popular portions of Obamacare, mainly the pre-existing condition clause, the portion of the law that pays for it, the individual mandate, is something Trump wants to remove.
The Individual Mandate, or fining people who don’t get health insurance, was always the least popular portion of the Affordable Care Act. But without getting young and overall healthy people to opt in and diversify the risk pool, the law is not viable.
For people who would be impacted by the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, now is this time to stand up and speak out in support. Go to wibreastcancer.org/legislation/find-my-representative/ to find your federal representatives, and contact them to express your support of the ACA,
NBCC Policy Priorities
The Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition has a long history of supporting the federal policy priorities of the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC). We work with them to educate our congressional delegation about those priorities and to gain their support. We call on our grassroots network of advocates around the state to respond to national legislative alerts.
Our advocacy with the NBCC has been enormously successful in helping to get important legislation passed relating to research funding and access to quality care.
NBCC 2017 Legislative and Public Policy Priorities
PRIORITY #2: GUARANTEED ACCESS TO QUALITY CARE FOR ALL
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