Women’s Health Rights

We’re making sure that our voices are being heard! Recently, key members of our staff, board and volunteers attended the National Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C. and Advocacy Day in Sacramento. We turned our passion into action and met with representatives from our state.

National Advocacy Summit (March 8th-10th)
We met with representatives from the offices of: Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Kamala Harris, Congressman Lou Correa (CA-46), Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48) and Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49).

Key issues discussed:

    • Preserve women’s access to breast cancer screening by funding the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program at $275 million in the FY17 and FY18 budgets.
    • Make biomedical research an unwavering national priority by increasing the investment to the National Institutes of Health in the FY17 and FY18 budgets.
    • Ensure breast cancer patients can access the treatments they need to save their lives by limiting patients’ out-of-pocket costs and eliminating the disparity in health insurance coverage between orally and intravenously administered anti-cancer medications. (National Oral Parity Bill)

The legislative staffers were receptive of our ask for support and will determine if the representatives will co-sponsor the National Oral Parity bill. In addition, they expressed interest in attending local events like our onsite mammography screenings and our Race for the Cure.

California Lobby Day (April 19th)

We met with representatives from the offices of: Assemblymember Harper (R- Huntington Beach) // AD 74; Senator Portantino (D – La Canada Flintridge) // SD 25; Senator Pan (D – Sacramento) // SD 6 and in person with Assemblymember Quirk-Silva (D – Fullerton) // AD 65

Key issues discussed:

    • Requesting support for SB 172 by Senator Portantino, which would require health care insurers to cover standard fertility preservation services for Californians who receive medical treatments that may compromise their fertility.
    • Preserve women’s access to breast cancer screening by funding the Every Woman Counts Programs and educating them on the importance of EWC as a safety net resource.
    • Announcing that as of March 22nd, DHCS reached their goal of 7,500 reserved pink breast cancer plates and the DMV will now begin to manufacture and release the plates. Funding from the pink plates will go directly to fund the Every Woman Counts Program.

Key Meetings:

  • Guest Speaker, Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula: Chair, Assembly Budget Subcommittee 1 on Health and Human Services, member of the Assembly Business and Professions Committee and Human Services Committee.  Dr. Arambula gave an overview of the current political climate and insight on the ACA what is to come.
  • Meeting with representatives from Every Woman Counts. Komen expressed concerns on implementation of AB1795 because the law was enacted on January 1, 2017 and providers are being denied claims and not getting reimbursed. This becomes a barrier because women are being turned away from services and their diagnosis might take longer if providers are not getting reimbursed.

 

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