January is a time for new beginnings in state legislatures across the nation. To kick off the new year, many of the oral anticancer treatment bills we supported in 2013 are still in play and bills are being introduced in new states. This allows for many opportunities to get involved at the local level. Here’s a look at the old and the new!
The IMF is leading the charge to pass the Cancer Treatment Modernization Act and started the year with a wonderful coalition meeting, and advocate training in Frankfort, on January 13. With a short 60-day session, fast advocacy is critical. We are especially excited to invite all Kentuckians to join us in Frankfort on Wednesday, February 19 for a critical Lobby Day with key state policymakers! Save the Date and click here to RSVP! Details to come.
Sponsored by State Senator Emily Cain, LD 627 was carried over from the 2013 legislative session and we are excited to report that the bill was unanimously voted out of the Insurance and Financial Services Committee on January 15! Next steps in Maine include a vote on the Senate floor in the coming weeks & we need your help. Click here to email your Maine State Senator today!
This week in Atlanta, Representative Lee Hawkins (R-27, Gainesville) will introduce the Cancer Treatment Fairness Act! To ensure support and swift action, we need you to call the Insurance Commissioner and urge him to support the Cancer Treatment Fairness Act. Click here to find easy to follow instructions! Additionally, the coalition is hosting a press conference on January 29, to generate interest among key reporters and highlight why this bill is important to cancer patients battling cancer in Georgia. Click here to email Aimee for details today!
On January 15, the Missouri Coalition for Cancer Treatment Access held a press conference, in Jefferson City, with bill sponsor Rep. Sheila Solon to announce introduction of the Cancer Treatment Fairness Act in 2014 and to urge the legislature to pass as soon as possible. Click here to see the news coverage.
We are excited to announce that on Wednesday January 22, the Senate Insurance and Housing Committee voted unanimously to send oral parity legislation (SB 300) to the Senate floor for a vote! The State Senate could vote any day now – please take time TODAY to contact your state Senator and ask them to support SB 300 when it comes to the floor for a vote!
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