Congress is diligently at work on important year end matters after one of the most productive sessions of Congress in history. I am working to finalize legislation that will support local priorities – our families, our troops, small businesses and more.
This week, inspired in part by friends lost to lung cancer and the important work of Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center, I introduced the Increasing Access to Lung Cancer Screening Act. Lung cancer kills too many Americans each year due in part to late-stage diagnoses. In Florida, only 3% of those eligible for lung cancer screenings were screened in 2021. In order to boost that statistic and save lives, my bill will help increase access to screenings and preventive services. Fortunately for our neighbors, Moffitt Cancer Center, one of the nation’s premier cancer research institutes, is at the forefront of cancer prevention and working to remove barriers to ensure that all Americans have access to lifesaving screenings and health care. Together, we are committed to saving tens of thousands of lives lost to lung cancer each year through outreach and early detection like lung screenings.
We are working to lower costs: health insurance premiums are very affordable, so if you need a new plan check out www.healthcare.gov during open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act through December 15th. Look for a plan that works best for you and your family. Coverage may be more affordable than you think! If you have questions or don’t know where to start, our independent health care Navigators at Covering Florida are standing by and ready to help you, free of cost. Services are available in English and Spanish – visit http://CoveringFlorida.org or call 877-813-9115 for more information.