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White House Announces Implementation of Preventive Services

Posted by PCF Admin on July 15th, 2010 | No Comments »
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Regular Screening - Yesterday afternoon, First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius spoke at George Washington University Hospital to announce the release of new guidelines that will provide free preventive health care services under the Affordable Care Act. For cancer prevention, the new guidelines will mean that most insurance plan can no longer charge copayments, deductibles or coinsurance for a number of preventive services including colorectal cancer, breast cancer screening, cervical cancer, obesity counseling for children and vaccinations.  The regulation takes effect on Sept. 23, and it only applies to plans that are new after that, meaning that people who stay on their existing plan won’t benefit from the change.  Those that will benefit, estimated to be 41 million Americans initially, will see the benefit on January 1, 2011.  Coincidentally, that is also when Medicare beneficiaries begin to receive most preventive services at no additional charge, also mandated in the Affordable Care Act. The four sets of preventive services that new health insurance plans are mandated to cover are: Screenings strongly recommended by the US Preventive Services Task Force graded "A" or "B." Routine vaccines, including childhood immunizations and tetanus boosters for adults. Well-baby visits, vision and hearing tests ...

Breakaway from Cancer Events Continue

Posted by Lisa Hughes, Director, Policy & Advocacy on July 14th, 2010 | No Comments »
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Events / Outreach - If you follow this blog, you’ll notice that the Breakaway from Cancer initiative does not end with the Amgen Tour of California. Breakaway in Colorado! We’re excited to announce that Breakaway is adding another event to its portfolio. Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer  will be the lead sponsor of the 45th annual Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb cycling race, which is presented by Team Evergreen Racing and will take place Saturday, July 24, beginning near Idaho ...

Visiting McHenry County Celebremos Partners

Posted by Jessica Abeita, Asst. Dir. Research, Admin. & Community Outreach on July 13th, 2010 | No Comments »
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Outreach - On June 8, I had the pleasure of visiting the Foundation’s ¡Celebremos la vida! site in McHenry County, Illinois. McHenry County is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation and over the past twenty years has experienced a dramatic increase in its Hispanic population. Since 2004, the Foundation has partnered with the Family Health Partnership Clinic (FHPC) to offer the Celebremos program to Hispanic women over 40 in the county. FHPC is a ...

Bad Beat on Cancer: Rockin’ It in Drag!

Posted by Danny Horowitz on July 12th, 2010 | No Comments »
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Outreach - On Day 1b of the main event of the World Series of Poker, the halls outside the playing rooms were literally packed with hundreds of players excited about their chance to win the big money and the coveted bracelet.  But the money and bracelet were forgotten when they spotted a group of guys in drag.  We looked that good. Phil Gordon, Rafe Furst, Joe Sebok, Perry Friedman, Ace Bailey and I were decked out in our ...