Public policy is government action, in the form of legislation, regulation, funding, and other actions. Public policy affects people with cancer and the cancer care system in many ways, including the following:
Funding for research and other government programs;
Regulations regarding insurance coverage and accessibility;
Payment for cancer care through Medicare and Medicaid;
Review and approval of cancer therapies by the Food and Drug Administration; and
Measurement of quality in health care and payment models to reward quality.
In addition to government action, NCCS advocates with non-government organizations whose decisions and policies affect the care that cancer patients receive.
NCCS has long believed that policy change is essential to ensuring cancer survivors have access to high-quality, evidence-based cancer care. We represent the perspective of cancer survivors in public policy discussions. We encourage and empower survivors to share their stories with policymakers.
The Ellen L. Stovall Award for Innovation in Patient-Centered Cancer Care is a unique opportunity for patients and survivors to recognize pioneers who are transforming the cancer care system.
The NCCS Cancer Policy & Advocacy Team (CPAT) is a program for survivors and caregivers to learn about pressing policy issues that affect quality cancer care in order to be engaged as advocates in public policy around the needs of cancer survivors.
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NCCS represents the millions of Americans who share a common experience – the survivorship experience – living with, through and beyond a cancer diagnosis.
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