Support Quality Breast Cancer Treatment For All Women

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Sponsor: The Breast Cancer Site

Quality breast care treatment should be accessible to all women! 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.

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 women1.

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 women2, delays in receiving care are greater for African-American and Latina women3, and both are also more likely than white women to be diagnosed at a more advanced stage of breast cancer, regardless of insurance status4.

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 field5.

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.

Sign the petition in support of this import legislation.

More on this issue:

  1. American Cancer Society (2021), "Cancer Disparities in the Black Community."
  2. H. Jack Geiger, National Academy of Sciences (2002), "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Diagnosis and Treatment: A Review Of The Evidence And A Consideration Of Causes."
  3. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (March 2004), "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Women's Health Coverage and Access To Care; Findings from the 2001 Kaiser Women's Health Survey."
  4. Juanita J. Chinn, PhD, Iman K. Martin, PhD, MPH, MSc, and Nicole Redmond, MD, PhD, MPH, FACP, Journal of Women's Health (2 February 2021), "Health Equity Among Black Women in the United States."
  5. Rep. Castor, Kathy, 113th Congress (2013-2014), "H.R.3295 - Eliminating Disparities in Breast Cancer Treatment Act of 2013."
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The Petition:

Dear Rep. Kathy Castor and the House Subcommittee on Health,

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.

Sincerely,

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