- Lung Cancer Basics
The federal government plays a key role in nearly every aspect of cancer policy – from funding research to determining what cancer screenings and treatments will be covered by Medicare, Medicaid and now, private insurers, through passage of the Affordable Care Act. Today more than ever, advocacy at the federal level matters. We have been actively engaged with Congress and key federal agencies to ensure that the needs of the lung cancer community are not forgotten.
As the 115th Congress discusses the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, we are working to insure that the lung cancer community is not overlooked and that your needs continue to be met. Read our official position on this matter.
On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, legislation was introduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives calling for a report on research and screening recommendations for lung cancer in women.
On August 27, 2015, Congressmen Rick Nolan (D-MN) and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA) announced the creation of the first ever bi-partisan Congressional Lung Cancer Caucus, which acts as a forum to educate members of Congress on issues surrounding our community.
We launched a Congressional Briefing Series as a platform to educate Members of Congress and Congressional staff on issues specifically related to lung cancer. Check out details for each briefing coming up this fall.
There have been some successes to make lung cancer a national public health priority and to secure increased federal research funding. Read on to learn more.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has disease specific research programs. Since 2009, lung cancer research has been included.
Low dose CT screening for lung cancer is recommended by many professional societies for those at high risk. It is now an Essential Health Benefit and requires coverage from private insurance. Medicare is also covering screening.
Molecular testing is becoming more common in diagnosing and treating lung cancer. This is an important step to ensuring lung cancer patients get the treatments best for them. Read more about how we work to ensure coverage of molecular testing.
Some of the treatmetns for lung cancer are taking orally. We work to ensure that those drugs are covered in the same way as the standard intravenous chemotherapies. Read our statement on oral parity.