Together, WE DID IT!!!
We met the $25,000 Challenge and now $50,000 will be targeted to the fight against Esophageal Cancer because every dollar donated will be matched by the
ECAN Board of Directors
ECAN is grateful to all of our generous supporters who made this success possible!
New Congressional Caucus focused on
ECAN active member of coalition backing the effort
A bipartisan caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives has been formed to focus attention on cancers with a survival rate of less than 50%, including Esophageal Cancer. The caucus was formed with the support of the Deadliest Cancers Coalition which is a collaboration of organizations, including ECAN, that are focused on these deadly cancers.
A briefing this week organized by the Congressional Caucus on the Deadlist Cancers drew a standing-room only crowd and featured remarks from co-chairs of the Caucus, including Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-CA, pictured here.
ECAN is working to increase membership in the caucus and will launch a campaign to raise awareness among members of Congress about the need for more resources and public awareness about Esophageal Cancer and other of the deadliest cancers. You can participate in our advocacy effort by signing up here.
Campaign Addresses Medical Debt
ECAN to work with Patient Advocacy Foundation to increase support
One out of five Americans will face medical debt this year - and most of those folks have insurance. Medical expenses contribute to 62% of bankruptcy cases in the US. Studies have shown that cancer patients are at higher risk for bankruptcy.
But American bankruptcy laws provide no special treatment for debt caused by medical expenses. Among the goals of this campaign are: 1) provide homeowners filing for bankruptcy due to medical debt with protections so that they won't become homeless because they became ill, 2) provide protections for family members and other caregivers so that the illness of a loved one doesn't ruin the future of everyone who cares for them, and 3) increase opportunities for patients to maintain healthy credit ratings despite their illness.
The Affordable Care Act is expected to reduce the medical debt burden faced by Americans by eliminating annual and lifetime caps on coverage and placing caps on the out-of-pocket expenses patients are expected to pay. But the issue remains a significant issue for many. We are interested in your experience, let ECAN know how medical debt has affected you and your family.
FIRST HEARING FOCUSED ON CANCER
ON CAPITOL HILL IN SIX YEARS
SEE and HEAR it HERE
including Testimony from Actor Valerie Harper
and NCI Director Harold Varmus