One of NBCC’s top legislative priorities for 2013 is advocating for $150 million in funding for the DOD BCRP for the upcoming fiscal year (FY2014), which will begin October 1, 2013. NBCC’s advocacy has resulted in over $2.89 billion of new federal funding for this important program.
To show the strong bipartisan support for continued funding for the DOD BCRP, each year NBCC works with our champions in the House of Representatives and the Senate to circulate letters of support for funding for the program. It is important we get the maximum number of Members of Congress to sign these letters of support and encourage each of you to reach out to your Representative and Senators and ask them to sign the letter.
The DOD BCRP letter of support in the House of Representatives is wrapping up and the final deadline for signing is today, Wednesday, April 17. We currently have 110 bipartisan members of the House on the letter but need your help to increase this number. The DOD BCRP letter of support in the Senate will begin circulating next week—be sure to visit BreastCancerDeadline2020.org for information on how you can reach out to your Senators to ask for their support for this important program.
Long-time NBCC advocate Carol Matyka has recently been appointed to the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ) by Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary. The Council will advise Secretary Sebelius and the AHRQ Director on setting national priorities to enhance and improve health care research. Each of the 21 members serves a two-year term and represents different areas related to health care. Three of those members represent patient and consumer interests.
Matyka became a breast cancer advocate when she attended the Annual Advocate Summit, which inspired her to get involved even further with the Project LEAD® courses. From there, she became a Field Coordinator for the state of Massachusetts as well as a mentor for Project LEAD®.
The appointment of advocates to national councils such as this is an incredible step toward achieving Breast Cancer Deadline 2020® and knowing how to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020. NBCC has always made it a priority to ensure the participation of educated patient advocates at all levels of health care decision making.
For more about Matyka’s appointment, read her post on the NBCC advocate blog.
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