Terminal Breast Cancer Patients Can’t Wait for Federal Help

Pass the Metastatic Breast Cancer Access Act Now

Washington, October 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Hundreds of Susan G. Komen® A supporter told members of Congress today that she can’t wait any longer to receive federal financial aid and health insurance while battling terminal breast cancer.Pending METASTATIC BREAST CANCER ACCESS TO CARE (HR3183/S.1312), This is overwhelmingly supported by Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate, removing unnecessary and cumbersome waiting periods for those interests.

Metastatic breast cancer (MBC) is breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast, most often to the lungs, brain, bones, and liver. Terminal. Under current law, a person diagnosed with MBC must wait five months for Social Security Disability Insurance and another 24 months for Medicare coverage. Time is a privilege many end-stage breast cancer patients do not have.

“Fighting for your life after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer is hard enough, but it is almost impossible to do so without the financial means and the health insurance you need. You should not fall. Molly GuthrieSusan G. Komen, Vice President, Policy and Advocacy.

Survival rates for people diagnosed with MBC vary, but the average survival rate is only 3 years after diagnosis. Treatment cannot save lives, but it can preserve quality of life and prolong life until it eventually fails. Of the approximately 44,000 breast cancer deaths in the United States this year, most are due to her MBC patients.

Due to the aggressive nature of some treatments for MBC, side effects cannot be dealt with and work cannot be continued. Every day, Komen hears the voices of people who have had to quit their jobs, lost their income, health insurance, and livelihoods. Monthly costs for MBC treatment are often in the thousands, making health insurance essential.

“I have deadly metastatic breast cancer. Lisa Mayerhad to quit his job after being diagnosed with MBC in 2016.

Added Janet Ramsey“I’m going to use up the charge card that pays for my treatment. I don’t care if I have bad credit because I can’t live long enough to buy something else.” Janet told MBC have lived together for two years.

Congress previously eliminated the same 5-month and 24-month waiting periods for Social Security Disability Insurance and Medicare coverage for people diagnosed with end-stage renal disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) .

“I ask people at MBC who have intractable diseases to wait, but they may not even be able to get through the waiting period. That is the reality. Please help me now,” he said. rice field. Leslie Glennhas lived with MBC for 10 years.

Susan G. Komen policy experts and advocates are available for media interviews.Please contact us Amanda Debard and [email protected] Or schedule an interview at 972-701-2131.

About Susan G. Komen®

Susan G. Komen® is the world’s leading non-profit breast cancer organization working to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Komen employs a unique, comprehensive, 360-degree approach to combating this disease on all fronts and supporting millions of people in the United States and around the world. We advocate for patients, drive research breakthroughs, improve access to quality care, provide direct patient support and empower people with trusted information.Founded by Nancy G. BrinkerShe promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Susie’s life.Komen remains committed to helping those affected by breast cancer today in a tireless search for tomorrow’s cures. Visit or call 1-877 GocomenConnect with us on social at

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