National Breast Cancer Coalition

2018 August Recess Grassroots Action Items

One of NBCC’s highest legislative priorities this year is to enact legislation to waive the 24 month waiting period for Medicare eligibility and the 5 month waiting period for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits for individuals with Metastatic Breast Cancer. 

On Thursday, June 14, Representatives Peter King (R-NY) and Kathy Castor (D-FL) introduced H.R. 6114, the Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act 

Thanks to NBCC's outstanding advocates, the bill was introduced with 35 original         cosponsors.

 Now we want to build on that bipartisan support. 

 The goal is to have 100 co-sponsors by the end of September.

 There are actions you can take to help us reach this important goal:


  • Schedule a meeting with Representative in his/her district office.
  • Attend a Town Hall meeting.
  • Send an op-ed piece or letter to the editor of your local newspaper and/or use social media to ask the member to cosponsor H.R. 6114 (this can be combined with a thank you for members of Congress in the same delegation who have already signed on to the bill).
  • Send an email or call the health care policy staff person in your Representative’s DC office and ask them to review the bill and recommend cosponsorship when the House of Representatives reconvenes in September.
  • Remind your Representative and/or their staff person that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and offer to help publicize the Representative’s support for H.R. 6114 should he/she cosponsor.

Please have your Representatives contact Deena Tauster in Representative King’s office at or (202) 225-7896 to cosponsor this legislation. Also, please let NBCC know if your Representative has agreed to sign on so we can keep a running record as well.


  • Submit a letter to the editor of the local newspaper and/or post on social media thanking the Representative for cosponsoring H.R. 6114 and reiterate why it is important for individuals with metastatic breast cancer.
  • Reach out to the Representative’s district office and offer to provide an article or background information for the Representative’s newsletter, website or materials for events during October being held in commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
  • Ask for a commitment that the Representative will work to get the bill enacted.
  • Invite the Representative to attend/speak at any local events being held over the August recess or any planned events for October.
  • Offer to work with the Representative’s staff on a press event/roundtable discussion or other event during the month of October to highlight her/his support for the bill and his/her engagement on breast cancer issues.

Download the social media guide and sample social media posts.

If you have any questions or would like to let us know that your Representative has agreed to co-sponsor, please contact Jennifer Berzok at

As always, thank you for your important advocacy on behalf of the National Breast Cancer Coalition and our mission to end breast cancer!