[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE] Improving Cancer Treatment Act

H.R. 1661: Improving Cancer Treatment Education Act of 2013 – To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide comprehensive cancer patient treatment education under the Medicare program and to provide for research to improve cancer symptom management.

Improving Cancer Treatment Education Act of 2013 – Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to extend Medicare coverage to comprehensive cancer patient treatment education services, including a one-hour patient treatment education session delivered, in advance of treatment, by a registered nurse to an individual diagnosed with cancer (or whose course of treatment has been materially modified).

Amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to expand, intensify, and coordinate research programs to:

(1) improve the treatment and management of symptoms and side effects associated with cancer and cancer treatment, and

(2) evaluate the role of nursing interventions in the amelioration of such symptoms and side effects.

New Cosponsor: Rep. Lacy Clay [D-MO1]

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 you support.  Your voice goes a long way towards creating change.

Explore the full text: 

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1661?utm_campaign=govtrack_email_update&utm_source=govtrack/email_update&utm_medium=email

Take time to thank our supporters, or voice your thoughts to your representatives.

Need help finding your legislators?

Find your representatives: http://www.opencongress.org/people/zipcodelookup

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