[LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY] Take Action for Funding of NIH & NCI

Congress recently passed a budget deal that partially replaces the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration for two years and makes additional funds available to domestic programs for fiscal years (FY) 2014 and FY 2015. With President Obama expected to quickly sign the legislation, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have begun to write new spending … Continue reading

[TAKE ACTION] Speak Up to Support Cancer Research

Your help is needed to get an urgent message to Congress. Senators Robert Casey (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC) have drafted a congressional letter to the 29 members of the Budget Conference Committee – the group charged with coming up with an agreement that will keep the government funded past January 15. The letter asks … Continue reading

[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE] AYA Cancer Research & Programming

H.R. 2607: Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Reauthorization Act – To establish programs with respect to childhood, adolescent, and young adult cancer. Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Reauthorization Act – Amends the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize through FY2018 cancer research programs under the Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Act of … Continue reading

[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE] Patient Centered Quality of Care Act

H.R. 1666: Patient Centered Quality Care for Life Act – To create a patient-centered quality of care initiative for seriously ill patients through the establishment of a stakeholder strategic summit, quality of life education and awareness initiative, health care workforce training, an advisory committee, and palliative care focused research, and for other purposes. Patient Centered … Continue reading

[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 … Continue reading

[ADVOCACY] Government Shutdown Harming NIH Research

The government shutdown is having a devastating impact on medical research. Tell Congress to reopen the government now. Since October 1, the federal government has been shut down due to the inability of Congress to pass a budget. As a result, funding for almost all government programs has been halted including funding for the National … Continue reading

Impasse Implications Impact Illness: Federal Shutdown Has Real Consequences on Patients With Cancer & Nurses

Federal Shutdown Has Real Consequences on Patients With Cancer  and Their Nurses   As the U.S. Congress continues to debate the details of the federal budget, Americans with cancer are stuck in limbo. The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) has urged elected officials to find a resolution with appropriate funding for healthcare providers and patients with … Continue reading

Shutdown Blocks Kids With Cancer From Clinical Trials

For every week that the government shutdown continues, 10 children with cancer will not be able to begin their clinical trials, officials told ABCNews.com. John Burklow, a spokesman for the National Institutes of Health, estimated that 200 patients would experience these delays each week of the shutdown. Since 15 percent of these patients are typically … Continue reading

[TAKE ACTION] Participate Virtually in Rally for Medical Research Day of Action!

    The American Society of Clinical Oncology is on Capitol Hill today with more than 250 advocates from The Rally for Medical Research, which is organized by the American Association of Cancer Research and supported by more than 150 other organizations. We’re meeting with Members of Congress to raise awareness of the critical need … Continue reading

How is Sequestration Affecting Cancer Care Access?

An April 3, 2013, article in the Washington Post reported that “cancer clinics are turning away thousands of Medicare patients” because of the budget sequester. The article was published one month after the sequester, or the automatic budget cuts required by the Balanced Budget Act, became effective. The Post article and subsequent news coverage triggered … Continue reading