Monday, December 16, 2013

Make a Difference! Please sign this Petition.

We need signatures!
The United States Preventive Services Task Force writes guidelines that determine who has access to BRCA counseling/testing and other preventive services in the U.S. They are discriminating against cancer survivors and blocking access to care!   

Sign our petition and tell them to stop this unfair policy!

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is a panel of experts that reviews and develops recommendations on select preventive health services. The panel wields considerable power over consumer access to preventive health care services. Primary care clinicians and health systems follow its guidelines, the guidelines are incorporated into the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which states that health plans must provide benefits without imposing cost-sharing (i.e., without a deductible or co-pay) for services that have a rating from the task force of "A" or "B."

The panel has guidelines for risk assessment and BRCA testing, which are now being updated. But serious gaps remain including the omission of women who have previously been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer - the exact population that needs access to these crucial services.Hi!

I just signed the petition "USPSTF: Include Cancer Survivors in the Guidelines on Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing for BRCA-Related Cancer" on

It's important. Will you sign it too? Here's the link:

If my mother and sister had been able to have brca testing made available to them back when they had their recurrences, my other sister and I could have also been tested and taken steps to have elective surgery to greatly decrease our risks of developing breast/ovarian cancer.

As those of you who read my blog know, I have been tested and that information has armed my children and their children with the knowledge that very well may save their life someday.
Hindsight is 20/20 though, but signing this petition will help ensure that genetic testing will be available to those at greatest risk without financially burdening them.
So please take a moment and make a difference.


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