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Need health insurance? Now is the time to act!

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

Advocacy - 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 care reform, otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). All of the plans created under the ACA are sold on what is known as the “health insurance marketplace”. This marketplace is either run by your particular state government or through the federal government. It’s simply a website or phone number where you can explore your plan options and make an informed decision about the coverage that fits your health care needs and budget. Here are some details to help you navigate open enrollment: Why do you need health insurance? Health insurance coverage is critical to cancer prevention and early detection. Staying healthy and taking proactive steps to promote your wellbeing are key components of your personal cancer prevention strategy. All plans offered through the marketplace offer essential ...

CMS Supports Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening

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

Advocacy - 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 HofflerElizabeth Hoffler on November 7th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Advocacy - 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 ...

Reduce your risk: Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Lisa BerryLisa Berry on November 3rd, 2014 | No Comments »
no smoking sign

No Smoking / Regular Screening - (PHOTO LICENSE) During my sophomore year of college, I watched the ease of cigarette addiction. My hallmate, Jason, started smoking. It was only occasional at first. He would bum a cigarette at a party now and then. Then it was “only when he drank” (which, in college, was easily three days a week). His smoking slowly increased until he was smoking a pack a day. He tried to quit during finals week, but the stress of exams ...