In December, 2013 the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) gave low dose CT screening for lung cancer a B rating, which requires insurance to cover screening under the Affordable Care Act. In 2014 Medicare also decided to cover screening for high risk individuals. Although there are a number of criteria that must be met by individuals wishing to be screened, this is a tremendous first step which would not have been possible without the strong support of individuals and organizations who worked tirelessly to achieve this goal.
The John & Amy Mewhiney Cancer Foundation is deeply involved in the effort to bring attention to the issue of lung cancer, especially the lack of funding for the disease. Since 2012 the foundation has been represented at a number of conferences and Capitol Hill Summits to advocate for lung cancer survivors and those at risk for lung cancer. This spring we attended Lung Cancer Alliance Summit in Washington DC, meeting with staff and members of Congress. In July we will be represented at the Quality of Life Summit on the Hill to advocate for the palliative care act, an issue that is very important to the lung cancer community.
If you would like to help please contact your Congressional and state representative and urge him or her to support lung cancer research. You can also ask the member to request that he or she contact Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell to ask her to support a comprehensive approach to lung cancer screening.
Find your Senator and Representative here:
You can find the address for your representatives on your state’s web page or at www.statelocalgov.net. Most Senators and Representatives prefer email, faxes, or telephone calls.