Thursday, July 23, 2009


The House Defense Appropriations Committee has once again voted to support renewed funding of $150 million for the DoD Breast Cancer Research Program for 2010!

From National Breast Cancer Coalition

We have wonderful news! Yesterday, the House Appropriations Full Committee passed the Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Appropriations bill and included $150 million for the Department of Defense (DOD) peer-reviewed Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP). The bill now moves to the full House of Representatives for a vote. As always, we will keep you informed, and let you know about any actions you may need to take.

Please call Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-17) and Rep. Steve LaTourette (OH-14) and give them a big thank you for their help in securing these important research funds for 2010.

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) Phone: 202-225-4146 Fax: 202-225-7711

Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-17) Phone: 202-225-3031 Fax: 202-225-3393

Rep. Steve LaTourette (OH-14) Phone: 202-225-5732 Fax: 202-225-3307

NOBCCF members will be visiting these members local offices next month for a meeting about breast cancer issues and health care reform. If you live in their districts and would like to attend, please send an email to Please include your name, address and phone so we can contact you.

Please call Reps. Kaptur, Ryan and LaTourette's offices and thank them today!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Millions in U.S. Can't Afford Health Insurance - ABC News

A recent report from the Commonwealth Foundation, "Failure to Protect: Why the Individual Insurance Market Is Not a Viable Option for Most U.S. Families" shows the difficulty so many Americans are experiencing in finding affordable health care coverage.

From the survey:

57% said it was hard or even impossible to find coverage they could afford

47% said it was difficult or impossible to find a plan with the coverage they needed

36% said they were charged more or denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition or had the condition excluded from their coverage.

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Millions in U.S. Can't Afford Health Insurance - ABC News

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Public Insurance Choice Cuts Costs by $265 Billion

The Commonwealth Fund has a new report that projects a savings of $265 billion over 10 years if Congress adopts a health care plan that includes a choice between public and private health insurance plans.

"Health reform can help pay for itself, but both private and public insurance choices are critically important," said Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis, who coauthored the new report. "A public insurance plan can help drive new efficiencies in the system that will produce large cost reductions. Without a public plan, much of those potential savings will be lost."

The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System has put forward a comprehensive set of policy options to achieve near-universal health insurance coverage while reforming the U.S. health care system to achieve nearly $3 trillion in savings by 2020. Central to this proposal is the creation of a national insurance exchange that would largely replace the individual and small-group insurance markets, offering families and business a choice of private or public plans with a benchmark standardized-benefit package.

Read the report here and tell us what you think...

Northern Ohio Breast Cancer Coalition Fund supports H.R. 3200, the House bill which provides a choice between public and private health insurance plans and will provide universal coverage to all Americans.