Demand Quality Breast Cancer Treatment For All Women

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Sponsor: The Breast Cancer Site

Tell Congress to Pass H.R. 3295!


Health care providers should be accountable for providing the same high-quality care to all breast cancer patients, regardless of race, age, or income. But that’s not the way the system works right now. According to the American Cancer Society, diagnosis and treatment of women of color and of low-income populations are substantially different from diagnosis and treatment of white and higher-income women.

Factors including health insurance status, race, income, and educational background are directly linked to unacceptable discrepancies in screening and treatment. For example, African-American women are less likely to receive standard therapy than white women, delays in receiving care are greater for African-American and Latina women, and both are also more likely than white women to be diagnosed at a more advanced stage of breast cancer, regardless of insurance status.

The Eliminating Disparities in Breast Cancer Treatment Act of 2013 (H.R. 3295) would standardized health care practices for breast cancer treatment specifically to level the playing field. If H.R. 3295 is enacted, Medicare providers will be required to submit data that accounts for the quality of breast cancer treatments furnished to all patients of the provider, regardless of the type of health insurance coverage of the patient. Moreover, required public reports will allow comparison of a provider’s quality of care by race, educational level, income, and insurance status.

Tell Congress to join bill sponsor Kathy Castor in support of this import legislation.

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The Petition:

Dear Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Majority Leader John Boehner:

I applaud Representative Kathy Castor’s introduction of The Eliminating Disparities in Breast Cancer Treatment Act of 2013 (H.R. 3295) and would like to encourage you to add your support to this critical legislation. H.R. 3295 would standardize health care practices for breast cancer treatment so that women of all ethnicities and economic backgrounds would receive the best care possible when diagnosed with breast cancer.

If H.R. 3295 is enacted, Medicare providers will be required to submit data that accounts for the quality of breast cancer treatments furnished to all patients of the provider, regardless of the type of health insurance coverage of the patient. Moreover, required public reports will allow comparison of a provider’s quality of care by race, educational level, income, and insurance status. Please add your support as a sponsor of this bill and help provide ALL women with a high standard of compassionate care.

Thank you for your time.

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