Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) introduces legislation in the US House of Representatives to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a program to provide screenings and treatment for cancer to minority or underserved populations.
The Bill (H.R. 3640) will amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a program to provide screenings and treatment for cancer to minority or underserved populations, and for other purposes. This bill would provide grants for cancer screening, counseling, treatment and prevention programs for minorities and underserved populations. The provisions of this bill have been incorporated into H.R. 3561, the Healthcare Equality and Accountability Act.
The Cancer Testing, Education, Screening and Treatment (Cancer TEST) Act would authorize grants for the development, expansion and operation of programs that provide public education on cancer prevention, cancer screenings, patient counseling services and treatment for cancer. Grants would be made available to community health centers and non-profit organizations that serve minority and underserved populations.
The Cancer TEST Act would emphasize early detection and provide comprehensive treatment services for cancer in its earliest stages, when treatment is most likely to save lives. Cancer screening and treatment services will be made available for different types of cancer affecting both men and women. Health centers and organizations receiving grants would be required to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services and administer outreach activities to inform the public of the availability of cancer screening and treatment.