National Breast Cancer Coalition

NBCC 2017 Legislative and Public Policy Priorities

National Breast Cancer Coalition 
2017 Legislative and Public Policy Priorities

The goal of Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®, to know how to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020, is being achieved through a plan of action centered on four key strategic areas: targeted research, public policy, grassroots advocacy and communications. What does ending breast cancer mean? By January 1, 2020, we must understand how to prevent people from getting breast cancer in the first place and how to prevent them from dying from the disease. 

The 2017 Legislative and Public Policy Priorities outlined below further the public policy strategy of this overall plan.  They serve as the foundation of our legislative advocacy work throughout the year, and along with grassroots mobilization efforts, provide the context for the action alerts sent to our network. 

Please review NBCC’s 2017 Legislative and Public Policy Priorities.  Distribute them to your networks and keep them on hand to use in your NBCC legislative advocacy work. As we develop specific strategies to forward our priorities, your prompt attention and action on alerts will be critical to our success. 


$150 Million for the Department of Defense (DOD) Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) for FY2018: As a result of NBCC’s grassroots advocacy, the DOD BCRP was created in 1992 to “eradicate breast cancer by funding innovative, high-impact research through a partnership of scientists and consumers.”  The DOD BCRP is widely viewed as an innovative, unique, and efficient medical research model which has proven to be accountable to the public and has produced extraordinary results.  NBCC seeks continued funding for this successful program. 


Guaranteed Access to Quality Care for All: Ensuring access to quality, evidence-based health care has been a top priority of NBCC for many years and is an essential component of Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®. Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the NBCC grassroots Board of Directors approved a Framework for a Health Care System Guaranteeing Access to Quality Health Care for All which built on NBCC’s Principles for Quality Care. In 2010, NBCC endorsed and advocated for the passage and implementation of ACA which marked important steps forward in access to quality health care for individuals with, and at risk of, breast cancer. The Coalition opposes and will work to defeat any and all efforts to repeal the ACA or replace it with something less expansive. In addition, NBCC remains committed to protecting vital existing programs such as the Medicaid Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (Medicaid BCCTP) and critically examining any proposed changes to programs such as Medicare in order to determine the impact they would have on this population. 


  Ensuring the Participation of Educated Patient Advocates in all Levels of Health Care Decision Making:  NBCC continues to work to ensure that educated patient advocates who represent a constituency, have a meaningful “seat at the table” in all levels of health care decision making which affects their lives.