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Advocacy in Action

Advocacy is an important component of the FBCF mission.  We each have the opportunity and the power to add our voices in the fight against breast cancer. Please check back periodically to see which bills before the Florida Legislature need your support. 


What does it mean to be an ADVOCATE?

To be an advocate is to speak out on behalf of a cause in which you believe. We at the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation (FBCF) believe that we WILL end breast cancer in our lifetimes. Therefore, we educate ourselves about breast cancer, its causes and potential cures along with diagnostic and treatment options. We speak out by actively discussing our own cases with our physicians and caregivers, by informing others about breast cancer, and by calling, writing and educating our legislators regarding important issues.


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Postion Paper Bait and Switch Bill

Date: April 4, 2017
House Bill 95, helps ensure that you receive the health plan prescription drug benefits you signed up for during open enrollment. Known as the bait-and-switch bill, the legislation stops commercial health plans from unfairly increasing out-of-pocket costs, removing coverage of medications or otherwise reducing prescription coverage during the year, when consumers are locked into that health plan.
Categories: Advocacy

The Mary Brogan Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program is a state and federally funded program that annually provides more than 14,000 low-income, medically underserved Florida women access to cancer screening and diagnostic testing services. More than 300 of those women screened will be diagnosed with cancer and provided a pathway to lifesaving treatment services through Florida Medicaid. Neither the House nor Senate budget maintains the $1.8 million in nonrecurring state funds.Proposed funding is slashed from $2.1 million to $300,000 for Fiscal Year 2017-18. Impact will be the $1.8 million funding reduction will result in nearly 3,500 Florida women currently served by the program being denied access to screening and early detection services in the coming budget year. Federal funding for the program could be jeopardized if state funding is cut, further reducing the number of women served by the program.
Categories: Advocacy

Jane Torres Scholarship Fund

Date: August 17, 2016
The Jane Torres Scholarship Fund, established by the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation (FBCF) to honor Jane Torres, founder of FBCF, assists individuals interested in obtaining education and training in breast cancer research and advocacy.
Categories: Advocacy

Leaders in Action: Jeri Francoeur

Date: January 1, 2016
Jeri Francoeur, MS has been involved in advocacy since she first started working in the medical field. Her passion for breast advocacy became more focused when she lost her best friend to Inflammatory Breast Cancer and her diagnosis 6 months later with Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS). She was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to one of the Medical Quality Assurance Boards for the State of Florida; both governors Crist and Scott have reappointed her and she now serves as Chair.
Categories: Advocacy
Leaders in Action: Jeri Francoeur

Thanks to the efforts of advocates who called and emailed to save the funding for the Mary Brogan Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Program, the current year funding of $1.8 million has been restored, with an increase, bringing funding for the program to an all-time high of $2.1 million.
Categories: Advocacy