NHBCC Advocates Storm Washington, DC

From April 27 to April 30, 2019, NHBCC Board members Nancy Ryan, Deb Smith, Jackie Staiti and My Breast Cancer Support Executive Direction Jennie Halstead attended the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Annual Advocacy Training Conference.  The annual meeting was filled to the brim with workshops, plenary sessions, networking and, as usual, culminated in a Lobby Day on Capitol Hill.

This year, the National Breast Cancer Coalition is seeking continued funding for the Department of Defense Peer-Reviewed Breast Cancer Research Program for 2020.  We are seeking $120 million to keep this extraordinary program funded another year.  In addition, NBCC’s other top priority is the Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act.  This legislation would waive two waiting periods for individuals with metastatic disease who quality for Social Security Disability Benefits:  a five-month waiting period to begin receiving SSI benefits and a 24-month waiting period to enroll in Medicare.  This legislation is overdue, fair and the right thing to do.

Watch for news as the legislation moves along.