TAKE ACTION: Save Federal Protections for People with Pre-existing Conditions article

The U.S. House of Representatives in Washington recently voted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and to replace it with a new law. The bill that passed the House of Representatives, called the American Health Care Act, also known as Trumpcare, removes federal health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions like breast cancer. Instead, individual states would be able to create high-risk pools which did not work in the past and will not work now. That means, if you have a pre-existing condition like breast cancer, you may be denied health insurance or charged more for your care.

We cannot let that happen.

The bill is now in the U.S. Senate. We have reached out to both U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey to find out where they stand on federal health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions like breast cancer. Sen. Casey has committed to saving federal protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Sen. Toomey has not taken a public position yet, but his office says he “will ensure affordable coverage for those with chronic conditions.”

Will you help us save federal health insurance protections for people with breast cancer?
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Thank you for your passion and determination on this important issue. Together, we can make a difference for people with pre-existing conditions like breast cancer. Take action. Save lives.

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WOW! Mid Penn Bank and NFL Alumni Association Raise $50,000 for PBCC!

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The PA Breast Cancer Coalition is thrilled to share its latest Grassroots Partner donation of $50,000 from the Mid Penn Bank Celebrity Golf Tournament! This support is vital to our mission. Thank you to Mid Penn Bank President and CEO Rory Ritrievi and his employees, the NFL Alumni Association, celebrity guests, golfers, sponsors, attendees and donors for allowing us to provide support and advocacy to breast cancer survivors in Pennsylvania. Together, we can find a cure for breast cancer now... so our daughters won't have to.

Fox43 caught some of the golf tournament action.
Click on the links below for video & photos!

Lymphoma Risk Prompts Recommended Checks for Women with Breast Implants

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Breast implants could put you at risk for a disease called anaplastic large cell lymphoma. Doctors made the connection back in 2011 and now the FDA has recommended regular checks for women with implants, like breast cancer survivors who have had breast reconstructive surgery.

What should you look for? Signs and symptoms of this anaplastic large cell lymphoma include lumps, pain, swelling and asymmetry. Researchers say they have seen cases of anaplastic large cell lymphoma more often in women who have implants with textured surfaces than those with smooth surfaces. If you notice any changes in your breasts, reach out to a medical professional.

PBCC Board Member Dr. Mary Simmonds Accepts YWCA Women of Excellence Award

Congratulations, Dr. Simmonds!

Congratulations to PA Breast Cancer Coalition Board Member Dr. Mary Simmonds, 2017 recipient of the Carolyne L. Smith Legacy Award at the Greater Harrisburg YWCA's Women of Excellence Awards! Dr. Simmonds is a medical oncologist and hematologist at Andrews and Patel Associates, Inc. in Central PA. She is a native of Harrisburg and the "first woman physician from New Cumberland."

Dr. Simmonds has served a number of organizations over her career including the PBCC, Hospice of Central Pennsylvania and the PA Cancer Pain Initiative. The PA Breast Cancer Coalition recognized Dr. Simmonds for her outstanding contributions to the cancer community with a Pink Ribbon Award at the 1997 PBCC Conference. Congratulations on this tremendous honor, Dr. Simmonds!

Save the Date for the 2017 PBCC Conference!

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