Become an Advocate
The Susan G. Komen® Advocacy Alliance (KAA) is the non-partisan voice for over 2.5 million breast cancers survivors and the people who love them. Our mission is to translate the Komen promise to end breast cancer forever into action at all levels of government to discover and deliver the cures.
In the spring Komen Chicago teams up with members of the Illinois Breast Cancer Advocacy Coalition Springfield for the Annual Advocacy Day. Advocates meet with elected officials to educate them on the importance of IBCCP to their communities. The trip is open to anyone who is passionate about health equity and reducing the disparity in breast cancer mortality for women of color.
On May 7, 2019 Komen Chicago staff and members of the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force met with state legislators to advocate for access to high-quality breast health services regardless of insurance status and ability to pay.
These were the priority issues in 2019:
- Adequate Funding for the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP). We ask our legislators to support IBCCP funding to draw maximum federal match and make system improvements to ensure the highest quality care for all Illinoisans. Since 1995, the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP) has offered free mammograms, breast exams, pelvic exams and Pap tests to eligible women and allows eligible women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer to receive treatment through Medicaid.
- Access to Diagnostic Mammography Services Senate Bill 162 ensures that diagnostic mammography services are covered by insurers just the same as ultrasound or breast MRI imaging modalities in Illinois. As of May 30, 2019, SB162 has passed in both the House and the Senate is awaiting Governor Pritzker’s signature.
- Access to Data from the Illinois State Cancer Registry (ISCR) Researchers currently face overwhelming obstacles while attempting access cancer registry data in Illinois. Effects of these access barriers stifle the progress of cutting-edge research and the flow of research dollars into the state.
- Implementation of BEST Act and Mammography Quality Act: PL99-433 The Breast Cancer Excellence in Survival and Treatment (BEST) Act and the Mammography Quality Act were passed in August 2015, yet facilities and advocates are not aware of any Department of Healthcare and Family Services policy implementation plan.
Click here to become an Advocate for Change:
Post Passage Disparities Bill Backgrounder – May 2015
21st Century Cancer ALERT Act
The EARLY Act
Key Legislation in the 111th Congress
Consumer Fact Sheet Coverage for Breast Cancer 7/2/09
Hard Copy LAH HMO Complaint