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The Oklahoma Tornadoes: How You Can Help

Originally posted on The Other Side of the Stethoscope:
Hundreds of people lost everything yesterday when one of the most destructive tornadoes in history cut through the towns of Newcastle and Moore, Okla. Homes, schools, and businesses were leveled, and dozens lost their lives. Here’s how you can help. Please make sure you let others…

[GUEST BLOGGER] Author Joni Aldrich Speaks Up for Oral Parity in NC

  Oral chemotherapy parity should be simply that.  Chemotherapy is chemotherapy, whether it’s administered in the hospital/cancer center or at home–and thereby should be covered under major medical insurance instead of pharmacy benefits. Health insurance pharmaceutical coverage and the high cost of new oral chemotherapy drugs usually leave the cancer patient with large co-pays to … Continue reading

GAO Fills Vacancy on HIT Committee

See on – Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer “ “WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 20, 2013) — Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of Alicia Staley to the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee. Staley will fill one of … Continue reading

Supreme Court weighing arguments in breast cancer genes case

See on – Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer The US Supreme Court is now weighing the Association of Molecular Pathology v USPTO case over the patentability of breast cancer genes. Heather Swift‘s insight: Susan Zager’s insight: This article reviews what is going on in the Supreme Court case against Myriad who is trying … Continue reading

[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE] H.R. 2058: Research & Programs for Childhood Cancer Survivorship

H.R. 2058: To improve and enhance research and programs on childhood cancer survivorship, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA14] Thank you to our newest Cosponsors.  Please thank your legislators for supporting legislation that YOU believe in.  If they are not listed as Cosponsors, touch base with them and let you know what … Continue reading

[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE] Proposed Legislation to Public Health Service Now Available

H.R. 1984: To amend the Public Health Service Act to raise awareness of, and to educate breast cancer patients anticipating surgery, especially patients who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups, regarding the availability and coverage of breast Text Now Available: S. 931: A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to … Continue reading

Turn Up the Volume on Sequester’s Impact on Cancer Centers

Originally posted on ACCCBuzz:
By Sydney Abbott, JD, Manager, Provider Economics and Public Policy, ACCC Yesterday, Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) introduced a bill that would eliminate the sequester on chemotherapy drugs that must be administered in the physician office setting (HR 1416).  It would also direct Medicare to repay providers for any reduced payment since…

Oral Parity Update 2013: Federal Edition

Originally posted on ACCCBuzz:
by Sydney Abbott, JD, Manager, Provider Economics and Public Policy, ACCC The good news: oral parity legislation has already passed in almost half of the states. The bad news: the laws vary from state to state, and 27 states still have no law at all. The solution: HR 1801, the bipartisan…

[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE] H.R. 1070: Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2013

H.R. 1070: Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2013 To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to waive coinsurance under Medicare for colorectal cancer screening tests, regardless of whether therapeutic intervention is required during the screening. New Cosponsor: Rep. Spencer Bachus [R-AL6] New Cosponsor: Rep. Edward “Ed” Markey [D-MA5] New Cosponsor: … Continue reading