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Congress needs to give nonprofits a helping hand

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler on December 9th, 2014 | No Comments »

Nonprofit organizations are critical to our nation’s health, well-being, safety, and productivity. Each year, charitable contributions to nonprofits totaled $316 billion in 2012. These charitable contributions allow the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and over one million U.S. nonprofit organizations, to address some of society’s most intractable challenges and provide vital resources and services to individuals, families, and communities in need. The federal government has historically encouraged such giving by providing itemized deductions. Yet due to fiscal shortfalls, ...

Need health insurance? Now is the time to act!

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler on November 14th, 2014 | No Comments »

Remember these dates—November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015. This is the window of “open enrollment” when individuals can purchase a new health insurance plan or change their existing plan. This means that if you are currently uninsured, it’s important that you act now to purchase healthcare coverage. If you already purchased health insurance, you should review your current situation to make sure that you have the right coverage. This applies to plans that were created under health ...

CMS Supports Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler on November 10th, 2014 | No Comments »

Prevention Measures for Lung Cancer Take Center Stage Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Supports Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening (Alexandria, VA) Medicare recipients received welcome news today. After months of lobbying from cancer patient and advocacy organizations, including the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a draft decision requiring coverage of low-dose computed tomography (CT) lung cancer screening for at-risk beneficiaries. Last April, the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee ...

2014 Midterm Elections

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler on November 7th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

We hope you got to the polls on (or before) November 4 to cast your vote in this year’s midterm elections. The results revealed sweeping changes and important considerations for healthcare and cancer prevention and early detection. Results This election brought with it significant changes in the structure of the U.S. Congress, most notably switching the Senate from a Democrat to a Republican majority, which will be most likely led by Senator Mitch McConnell from Kentucky. The ...