Policy in Motion
Since our early days, Susan G. Komen® has worked to mobilize our communities to take action. Together, we ensure the voice and needs of the breast cancer patient, survivor and the people who love them are heard by lawmakers and government regulators across our region.
Our team, Board and savvy volunteers work to educate people about individual health AND public policy issues, so they are empowered to become forceful advocates for themselves and their neighbors, and then unite their collective voices for maximum impact.
I can say with full confidence that we have incredible momentum on our side! It’s been an exceptionally productive, inspiring and collaborative past few months and I’m so thrilled to share our progress with you. We have an exceptional team of professionals – all committed and dedicated to achieving our mission.
We’ve worked hard to position Komen Kansas + Western Missouri as a leader in this region. I know we have achieved a new status – serving as an authority, key collaborator and progressive partner.
This came to fruition this month, when I had the opportunity to emcee a news conference in Topeka with the Governor on Medicaid expansion. New opportunities, new partnerships, and leadership positions have been offered to us as a result of our team’s hard work.
Thanks to the foundation set by both past affiliates in our region – we are uniquely positioned to advance the work that has already been done, and deliver on new strategies toward making an IMPACT.
If you follow me on social media – you will see I often say, #LetsGetToWork. On behalf of our team and Board of Directors, I look forward to unveiling the solutions plan we’ve developed to achieve our mission.
Thank YOU for being a part of the solution to end breast cancer forever!
CEO – Susan G. Komen Kansas + Western Missouri
Sykes Bill 464
Millions of women across the country now have access to free screening mammography, thanks to its inclusion as a required essential benefit under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, if the results of that screening mammogram suggest the need for a follow-up exam to determine if the woman has breast cancer, she may be faced with hundreds to thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs — all before she gets to treatment.
A big THANK YOU to Senator Dinah Sykes who introduced SB 464 February 20. This bill increases access to medically-necessary diagnostic breast imaging by reducing out-of-pocket costs for patients. Here’s a link to the full bill.
Krigel named Telehealth Hero
KU Center for Telehealth & Telemedicine recently recognized Dr. Susan Krigel, a psychologist who works to support patients with cancer and cancer-related challenges, with their 2019 Telehealth Hero Award. Dr. Krigel, who recently retired, has been delivering psycho-oncology counseling by telemedicine to help cancer patients and their caregivers at Masonic Cancer Alliance (MCA) sites across Kansas since 2012. Dr Krigel is a past Komen Community Grant recipient & hosted “Pink Platoon” survivor care sessions across our service area. Kudos, Dr Krigel!
Terry Named CO-Chair of the Kansas Cancer Partnership
The Kansas Cancer Partnership (KCP) announced Feb 11 that KomenKSWMO CEO Erica Terry will serve as Co-Chair of the partnership. Komen Board Member Peggy Johnson, Wichita Medical Research & Education Foundation is a former KCP Chair & KCP founder.
More than 100 individuals and organizations join together to combine their strengths and resources to advance cancer prevention, research & control in Kansas. KCP meets in-person twice a year, with workgroups that meet more often by video conference. Learn more about KCP Strategic Priorities & membership here.
KanCare Expansion: Quick Fact
Most people eligible for KanCare expansion are in working families. In Kansas, more than two-thirds of those eligible for KanCare expansion work or are in working families. Most are employed in the service industry, construction, retail, and other industries characterized by small firms that are less likely to offer affordable insurance. Nationally, one in four are caring for children, one in five have medical issues that limit their ability to work, and 17% are over age 55. Learn more about Why Expansion Matters & how you can get involved at Alliance for a Healthy Kansas.
New Clinical Trials Search Site is Live!
Komen is excited to announce the launch of a new clinical trial education campaign that will empower people with trustworthy, accurate, current, and evidence-based information. The site helps people with any stage of breast cancer find and participate in clinical trials, including trials supported by Komen.
The online home for Komen’s clinical trial education campaign is a new landing page – clinicaltrials.komen.org – that features:
- highlighted clinical trials,
- videos and interactive resources,
- links to Komen resources like the Clinical Trial Information Helpline, and
- links to breast cancer clinical trial search tools.
The webpage also emphasizes Komen’s involvement in and funding of clinical trials.
Take Action Today!
Please contact your state Senator and encourage them to support Medicaid Expansion today to ensure women across the state have access to the crucial screening and medical care needed to fight and prevent breast cancer.