As Congress considers changes to the federal budget and taxes related to health insurance coverage, including an overall reform of the health care system, Susan G. Komen reiterated guiding principles regarding breast cancer priorities.

Komen released a letter in January 2017 to Congressional leadership on federal health care reform. You can read that letter here.

Komen Colorado stands behind the following Breast Cancer Bill of Rights and urges Congress to preserve and strengthen patient protection for all women and men.

Access

Breast cancer patients and survivors have a right to continuous, affordable, quality, and accessible health insurance coverage.

Clinical Trials

Breast cancer patients should be educated about clinical trial opportunities and patients who participate in a clinical trial have a right to coverage of routine health care costs.

Early Detection

Every woman has a right to access the most effective, evidence-based breast cancer screening and diagnostic tools that may save her life.

Financial Stability

Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have a right to fight the disease without fear of bankruptcy.

High Quality

Every woman has a right to high-quality care, no matter where she seeks medical services.

Innovation

All American have a right to a government that makes investment in cancer research a national priority.

Patient Education

Every woman has a right to make informed decisions and control her own health.

Reconstruction

Breast cancer survivors have a right to insurance coverage for full mastectomy care, including reconstruction or prosthesis.

Strong Safety Net

Uninsured and underinsured women have a right to a strong breast health care safety net.

Timely Care

Every woman who has an abnormal mammogram has a right to diagnosis and treatment, if needed, without delay