In the past month, we have seen progress both in states we have been working in for years and in new states where we will be working in 2014. There are new campaigns forming in Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, and South Carolina. Your support and participation is critical to the success of these bills. If you would like to get more involved in your state or at the federal level, click here to join the ACTION Team. Here is an overview of what has been happening:
Campaign activities are underway by the Fair Access to Cancer Treatment Coalition who is pursuing an oral anticancer treatment fairness bill. The bill will be sponsored by Senator Adam Driggs and Senator Anna Tovar and likely co-sponsored by other state senators and representatives. If you would like to be on the Arizona ACTION Team and be kept up-to-date on coalition activities, please click here to register.
The Georgia Myeloma ACTION Team has been hard at work for the past 6 months collecting state level postcards in support of oral anticancer treatment legislation, and it has paid off! The team has collected over 1000 cards from across the state, building support and educating Georgians about the importance of this legislation. We are excited to announce that the Georgia Cancer Treatment Fairness Act is on schedule to be introduced at the end of January by State Representative Lee Hawkins from Gainesville. If you want to join the Georgia ACTION Team and be involved this spring in passing this legislation, click here.
The IMF is launching an oral anticancer treatment access campaign for the 2014 session to pass a bill that would equalize the out-of-pocket cost to patients receiving oral anticancer medications to that of IV or injected anticancer medications. Joining the Kentucky Cancer Treatment Modernization Coalition are the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the Retail Federation of Kentucky, various cancer centers, and many more. The IMF will host the group’s first in person meeting in Frankfort, Kentucky on Monday, January 13 as well as an advocate training session. To join the advocate training in Frankfort to RSVP to Aimee Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just before the second hearing of HB 4751, the Cancer Treatment Fairness Act took place; the House Health Policy committee vote was put on hold to give the bill sponsor more time to solidify the votes needed. You can contact your state representatives and ask for their support here.
After years of hard work, SB 99, the Cancer Treatment Modernization Act, passed out of the Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee with a unanimous vote! We are working to make sure SB 99 will receive the support of the full Senate after lawmakers return in January from their holiday break. Use your voice to make sure SB 99 stays a priority next year. Click here to take action!
The IMF has started a dynamic group of patient advocacy organizations, cancer centers and others to tackle the issue of affordability for patients in need of oral anticancer treatments. We must continue to ensure that insurance companies keep up with innovation. We are looking for patients to share their stories! If you or someone you know is a patient with private, commercial health insurance and has high out-of-pocket expenses for oral anticancer medications, please click here to share your stories.
We are looking for patients to share their stories! If you or someone you know is a patient with private, commercial health insurance and has high out-of-pocket expenses for oral anticancer medications, please click here to share your stories.
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