State Advocacy

Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio actively works to educate our elected officials about breast cancer, the Komen mission to ensure quality care for all, and the impact Komen Northeast Ohio makes in our 22 county service area.

Did you know:

  • Nationwide, Ohio ranks 32nd in breast cancer incidence but is 4th in overall deaths from the disease.
  • There are more than 332,000 uninsured or underinsured women in Northeast Ohio alone.
  • Even though the incidence of breast cancer in African American women is lower than the general population, breast cancer mortality for African American women in Ohio is nearly equal to that of the general population.

It is crucial we partner with Ohio legislators to improve these startling statistics. Below is a summary of the current issues we support.

House Bill 49 (HB49): Expanded Eligibility Coverage for Ohio’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program

Ohio’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Project (BCCP) is a program that provides free, high quality breast and cervical cancer screening, diagnostic testing, patient navigation, and case management services at no cost to eligible women in Ohio. If a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer through the BCCP, she is automatically enrolled into BCCP Medicaid which covers the entire costs of needed treatments.

The Ohio Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced on July 5th, 2017 that the state legislature has taken an enormous step in helping to alleviate breast cancer’s impact by passing an amendment to modernize and expand access to Ohio’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Project (BCCP), potentially saving thousands of lives.

The four Ohio Affiliates of Susan G. Komen worked with state advocates and like-minded organizations to modernize BCCP eligibility to meet the needs present in the current healthcare system. This legislation expands coverage to include underinsured women, women between the ages of 40-64, women under the age of 40 with a physician noted abnormality, and women with incomes 2.5 times (250%) less than the Federal Poverty level. This legislation provides Ohio the opportunity to adjust an already cost-effective program that can save the state in healthcare costs and meet the current, real-time needs of even more Ohioans. The expanded eligibility criteria will take effect in late summer 2017.

Organizational support for this legislation included: The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS-CAN), OhioHealth, Mount Carmel, Southern Ohio Medical Center, and many others. The four Ohio Affiliates thank our partners – specifically Senator Peggy Lehner, Senator Charleta Tavares, and Representative Anne Gonzales – and fellow breast cancer advocates for their help in passing this crucial legislation.

Increased Funding for Ohio’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program

The Ohio Affiliates of Susan G. Komen were proud to support HB 112, legislation signed into law on October 25, 2013, which allows Ohio taxpayers to contribute a portion or all of their state tax refund directly to the Ohio Breast and Cervical Cancer Project (BCCP). At current funding,  Ohio’s BCCP is only able to serve approximately 5 percent of the eligible women in Ohio. The BCCP Tax Check-off will enable the program to serve up to 1,700 additional women (approximately an 11 percent increase over current levels) with life saving and cost saving access to early detection and diagnostic services.

In the 2014-2015 tax years, more than $165,000 was raised through the BCCP tax check-off option. Please remember the BCCP when filling out your state tax return. If you check the box, you could save a life!

Click here for an Ohio BCCP tax check-off promotional flyer.

Ohio Lobby Day

Each year Komen Northeast Ohio joins forces with Komen Columbus, Komen Northwest Ohio, and Komen Southeast Ohio at the statehouse to educate our state legislators about Komen’s statewide impact, our mission and the current issues we support.