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The Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act, Independent Budget and Other Legislative Initiatives

Veterans and the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act

Legislative History: In the 110th Congress, the House of Representatives (H. Res. 335) and the Senate  (S. Res. 87) unanimously passed resolutions urging that lung cancer be declared a public health priority that required an urgent and coordinated public health response. The impact on the military was specifically noted. In this Congress, the 111th, the first legislation ever to authorize a comprehensive multi-agency lung cancer research program was introduced in both Houses of Congress. The bipartisan bills (H.R. 2112 and S. 332) require the Departments of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to develop a coordinated strategic plan for reducing lung cancer mortality by 2016. Funding for this mission-oriented approach would be contingent on the quality and the scope of the plan. Annual reports would be required to gauge progress and maintain accountability.

Lung Cancer and the Independent Budget

LCA has been building coalitions with Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) such as AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Veterans of Foreign Wars, to demonstrate support for passage of this important legislation. In October, 2009 the leadership of the Independent Budget jointly endorsed the legislation.

LCA works closely with the IB leadership which for the past three years has strongly supported a veterans lung cancer early detection project in its budget recommendations to the VA and Congress.  LCA is also one of the original members of the Veterans Health Council. In November 2009, key members of the Council, including Vietnam Veterans of America and Veterans of Modern Warfare, came out in support of the bill

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