Support the Creation and Implementation of a Strong, Consumer-oriented, NYS Health Insurance Exchange

In March 2010 President Obama signed federal health reform into law. The provisions of the health reform laws go into effect on a staggered basis, with some provisions going into effect immediately, but most going into effect in 2014. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), states are required to establish a statewide health insurance exchange or default to the federal health insurance exchange. The health insurance exchange will be one-stop competitive market place for purchase of health insurance with rules established in the ACA and will provide help for consumers navigating through the different policies The ACA provides New York with an opportunity to establish a strong, consumer-oriented health insurance exchange with comprehensive essential health benefit requirements. The NYS Breast Cancer Network calls on the legislature to move forward to meet the deadlines set out in the ACA including establishing such an exchange and that such exchange must defend and strengthen New York’s strong public health insurance and safety-net programs as well as meet the needs of all underserved populations.

Stop Hydrofracking

Hydrofracking is a method of natural gas extraction that involves injecting highly-toxic chemicals deep underground to fracture rock formations. Hydrofracking companies use products that contain 13 different known or suspected carcinogens. Two of those carcinogens, ethylene oxide and benzene are linked with breast cancer according to a report recently released by the Institute of Medicine. Moreover, 37% of chemicals in fracking fluids are endocrine disruptors which alter hormonal signaling and in doing so can place cells on the pathway to tumor formation. Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals has been implicated in cancers of the breast, prostate, pituitary, testicle, and ovary. The New York State Breast Cancer Network strongly opposes hydrofracking in New York and calls on New York State to ban this dangerous process that would threaten the health of millions of New Yorkers.