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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

There has been much discussion and debate over Healthcare legislation during the last eight years, first with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, also referred to as Obamacare, and now with the consideration of the American Health Care Act. Those of us who deal with the patients and families that confront cancer know of the challenges that they and we face every day. We urge everyone to take the time to read the information on both sides of this issue. Then we urge everyone to let their Representative and Senators know that we expect them to work together to fix this broken healthcare system once and for all for the benefit of all of us.
Categories: FBCF Blog

Cancer Support Community Greater Miami

Date: February 27, 2017
When someone is confronted by cancer, you become quickly overwhelmed in trying to deal with your diagnosis, with recommendations for treatment, with family responsibilities and issues, and with financial challenges, and so much more. For fifteen years the Cancer Support Community Greater Miami (CSCGM) has been part of our greater community providing cancer support programs and services, touching the lives of so many people. Unfortunately, they have announced that they will be closing their doors on March 31st.
Categories: FBCF Blog

February is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By: Jeri Francoeeur
Date: February 14, 2017
Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) is breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, most often the bones, lungs, liver or brain. It is also called advanced breast cancer, or Stage IV breast cancer. Between 6 and 10 percent of all new breast cancer diagnoses are MBC. About 250,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed and over 40,000 Americans die each year from breast cancer.
Categories: FBCF Blog
February is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Month

2017 Request for Education Grant Application

By: FBCF
Date: February 1, 2017
The FBCF is currently offering education grants for Florida organizations: Up to $5,000.00 for projects in a single county and up to $10,000.00 for projects provided in multiple counties that focus on education in one on one or small group settings to reach as many people as possible. Grants are available for projects that take place over a 12-month period.
Categories: Education

Letter from the Executive Director

Date: January 30, 2017
The uncertainty of how the new administration Washington, D.C. will affect research funding and health insurance coverage, availability, and costs, not to mention Medicaid funding, weighs heavily on the minds of many. The financial challenges of screenings, surgery, treatment, medications, and ongoing survivorship issues are difficult to navigate successfully during the best of times. Increased uncertainty places strains on virtually every not-for-profit organization.
Categories: FBCF Blog

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