Policy Initiatives & Advocacy
The Task Force continually looks for new ways to shape public policy in a way that will reduce disparities in breast cancer. Over the past few years, we have pursued a number of important initiatives:
Current Policy and Adovocay Initiatives:
ADVOCATE FOR IBCCP FUNDING!!
The state's program, the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP) is dramatically underfunded and currently only serving between 1 in 10 to 1 in 8 eligible uninsured women.
Today, the state has already put 12 lead agencies (5 in Chicago) on priority status - meaning they can not provide screening mammograms to women. They are putting women on a waiting list and delaying their access to mammograms This is unacceptable!
For FY13, the state has proposed to cut IBCCP by $3 Million which would disproportionately affect women of color.
Sign our petitions to urge the Illinois General Assembly to:
(1) call on Governor Quinn today at 312- 814-2121 and request to transfer at least $5 million into IBCCP immediately; and
(2) Urge Governor Quinn to fund IBCCP in his FY13 budget at $25 million minimum
Past Policy and Advocacy Initiatives:
• Reducing Breast Cancer Disparities Law - Public Law 95-1045
In 2009, the Task Force in collaboration with other breast cancer groups such as Susan G. Komen Chicagoland Affiliate was successful in getting a new law passed that improves both private insurance and Medicaid for women with breast cancer or in need of breast cancer screenings (mammograms).
We are now advocating for full implementation of this law.
• Screenings Save Lives Campaign
In 2010, the Task Force started this campaign to increase funding for the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP). IBCCP provides free mammograms and pap tests and low cost treatment for breast or cervical cancer to uninsured women in Illinois. While all uninsured women are eligible for the screening program, there is only enough money at the moment to pay for 10-13% of eligible women's services. I in 10 is unacceptable!
A recent study showed that 75% of women who die from breast cancer have not received regular mammograms. However, for those diagnosed with breast cancer who have been regularly screened, the death rate is only 5%. So we know that screening saves lives and that underfunding IBCCP will lead to unnecessary and untimely death for Illinois women.
We are now asking for $31 million in funding for the program as a first step to full funding for all uninsured women.
Sign our petition in support of this campaign
Our Rally and March on October 21st, 2010