[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE] H.R. 1801: Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act of 2013

H.R. 1801: Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act of 2013 To amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the Public Health Service Act, and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require group and individual health insurance coverage and group health plans to provide for coverage of oral anticancer drugs on terms no less … Continue reading

[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE] H.R. 1339: Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act

H.R. 1339: Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act To amend the Public Health Service Act to increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, nursing schools, and other programs, to promote education in palliative care and hospice, and to support the development of faculty careers … Continue reading

[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE] H.R. 3877: Lymphedema Treatment Act

H.R. 3877: Lymphedema Treatment Act To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for Medicare coverage of certain lymphedema compression treatment items as items of durable medical equipment. New Cosponsor: Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19] Thank you to the newest Cosponsors.  Please thank your legislators for supporting legislation that YOU believe in.  If … Continue reading

[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] Call of Support for the PACT Act

The Planning Actively for Cancer Treatment (PACT) Act (H.R. 2477), which will ensure that every Medicare-eligible cancer patient has access to cancer care planning and coordination. Cancer care planning will improve cancer patients’ experience and their health, and at the same time, reduce inefficiencies in the system.   Members of Congress need to hear from … 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 ADVOCACY] Urge Your Representative to Support Community Cancer Care

Urge Your Representative to Support Community Cancer Care by Signing the Nunes-Tonko Letter to CMS   Representatives Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) are asking their fellow Representatives to sign a letter to CMS Administrator Tavenner to show their opposition to harmful cuts in the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) rule that will … Continue reading

[LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY] Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer H.R. 1830

H.R. 1830: Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act of 2013 – To provide for the establishment of a Commission to Accelerate the End of Breast Cancer. Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act of 2013 – Directs the President to establish the Commission to Accelerate the End of Breast Cancer to help end breast … Continue reading

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Update

H.Res. 301: Expressing support for designation of September 2013 as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. – New Cosponsor: Rep. Frederica Wilson [D-FL24] Thank you to our newest Cosponsor.  Please thank your legislators for supporting legislation that YOU believe in.  If they are not listed as Cosponsor, touch base with them and let you know what … Continue reading

[NURSE ADVOCACY] The ANA Forges Forward Through Action

It was difficult to see important programs forced to shut down and hard working Americans struggling to get by. With all the political discussion and commentators each saying something different it was hard to hear authenticity in the midst of all the debates.  One thing was clear; Nurses’ voices were rising above the noise. Over … Continue reading