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CMS Supports Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening

Posted by Elizabeth 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 (MEDCAC) stated that they would not recommend payment for CT lung scans. Many in the cancer community fiercely advocated against such a position. Medicare coverage for CT lung scans is critical because lung cancer continues to be the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women, killing approximately 160,000 Americans each year. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) estimates that a minimum of 20,000 lives can be saved each year through these screenings. Yet, with a price tag of $300 to $400, such life saving services would have simply been out of reach for many older Americans. The Prevent Cancer Foundation is grateful that CMS determined that “the evidence is sufficient to add a lung cancer screening counseling and shared decision making visit, ...

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 »
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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 ...

Prevention and politics: Why your voice matters

Posted by Elizabeth HofflerElizabeth Hoffler on October 31st, 2014 | No Comments »

Advocacy - Midterm elections are upon us. If you are like most Americans, you can’t wait for November 4 to come and go, so that you are no longer bombarded with political commercials and mailings, requests for money, and appeals for votes. It’s easy to get frustrated by our political system. There is significant gridlock and partisanship. The debates and disagreements can be nasty. Meaningful change often moves at an extremely slow pace. So what if you ...