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Federal Legislative Priorities

Make a difference today by learning more and contacting your member of Congress on these important issues.

Bipartisan Background Checks Act

The ACS supports the Bipartisan Background Check Act of 2019. This legislation would require all firearm sales to go through the National Instant Background Check System (NICS) as established under the Brady Handgun and Violence Prevent Act.

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Breast Cancer Research Stamp Reauthorization Act

The Breast Cancer Research Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2019 would reauthorize the Breast Cancer Research Stamp for eight years.  Since its release in 1998, more than one billion of these stamps have been sold in the United States, raising more than $87.8 million for cutting edge breast cancer research.

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Cancer Research and Prevention Appropriations Requests

The ACS and the CoC strongly support the goal of maintaining and enhancing funding of National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) programs in order to build upon the momentum gained throughout the last few years.

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Ensuring Access to General Surgery Act

The ACS is urging policy makers to recognize, through the designation of a formal surgical shortage area, that surgeons are an essential component of a community based health care system.

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Improving Seniors' Timely Access to Care Act

H.R. 3107 seeks to improve the prior authorization process for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans.

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Lower Health Care Costs Act

The ACS opposes S. 1895 as it sets a benchmark payment rate for out-of-network physicians at the median in-network rate and does not allow for a fair independent dispute resolution (IDR) process. Forcing out-of-network physicians to accept median in-network rates allows the health plans unfettered power to lower payment rates to in-network physicians.

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Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA)

The ACS and the CoC support the Palliative Care Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) which would establish Palliative Care and Hospice Education Centers to improve the training of health professionals in palliative care.

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Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA)

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is actively advocating for the successful reauthorization of PAHPA, while also urging consideration and inclusion of some of our trauma-related priorities.

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Prevent Bleeding Loss with Emergency Devices (BLEEDing) Act

The ACS Committee on Trauma (COT) is leading the effort to save lives by teaching the civilian population to provide vital initial response to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. 

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Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Commission on Cancer (CoC) support the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act which would eliminate an unintended cost barrier for Medicare beneficiaries to life-saving colorectal cancer screening.

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Surprise Medical Billing

Congress is working to resolve unanticipated/surprise medical billing and we need you to make surgery’s voice heard today!

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