Breast Cancer Public Policy

Beyond Pink TEAM is a member organization of the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC). NBCC’s mission is to eradicate breast cancer and NBCC has set a goal to get it done: Breast Cancer Deadline 2020. The goal of Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®, to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020, is being achieved through a plan of action centered on four key strategic areas: targeted research, public policy, grassroots advocacy and communications. What does ending breast cancer mean? By January 1, 2020, we must understand how to prevent people from getting breast cancer in the first place and how to prevent them from dying from the disease.

To do this, each year NBCC sets a Legislative agenda for Congress.  Check out this year’s Legislative and Public Policy Priorities.

Why would I talk to my elected officials about breast cancer?

Breast cancer is a political issue.  The federal government is the largest funder of biomedical research.  Laws regulate and support access to care and health care systems.  Third party payors are subject to state and federal regulations.  In fact, every aspect of breast cancer is touched by public policy.  It is key that those who influence that policy are educated and trained and have no agenda other than to save lives, and to end breast cancer.

While we can assume that every member of Congress, of the Administration, and of state and local governmental entities wants to see an end to breast cancer, the question is, “What are they willing to do to get there?” Resolutions will not get us far.  Expanding support for meaningful research and access to quality care is more likely to have a real impact.

So, do our Iowa Congressmen support Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 by voting for the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Legislative and Public Policy Priorities?  Check out the data generated below which reflects votes and positions taken by the Iowa Members of Congress.