Advocacy for Pending Government Legislation
The following page contains pending government legislation related to cancer treatment and medical care that we believe is important and are an advocate for. Please let us know if you have any questions about the legislation and how you can help.
H.R. 549, the Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act
The Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act would waive the five-month waiting period for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the 24-month waiting period for Medicare benefits for eligible individuals with metastatic breast cancer.
Specifically, the bill eliminates the 5-month waiting period for SSDI benefits and the subsequent 24-month waiting period for Medicare coverage for individuals with metastatic breast cancer. Under current law, individuals generally must wait 5 months after the onset of disability to begin receiving SSDI benefits and an additional 24 months to become eligible for Medicare.