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Advocacy Update - April 30, 2011

April 30, 2011

Advocates in Action

Wisconsin – The Wisconsin Coalition for Cancer Treatment Access (WCCTA) held a Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, April 27. The all day event gave advocates the opportunity to meet with state legislators and ask for co-sponsorship of the oral chemotherapy access bill. The bill, authored by state Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and state Representative Pat Strachota (R-West Bend) and Representative Peter Barca (D-Kenosha), would ensure cancer patients have equal access to all chemotherapies, no matter if they’re delivered in a pharmacy or an oncology clinic.

The IMF would like to thank the advocates who volunteered on our behalf – Rob and Sue Enright, Tom Chelius, Dick Skalitzky and his daughter Shauna Skalitzky – for their time, hard work and passion for the cause.

Read more about their story next month on our Advocate of the Month page. 

New Mexico – David Cowan was recently interviewed by his local radio station to discuss his testimony in favor SB 385, the oral chemotherapy access bill in New Mexico. His interview is scheduled to air tomorrow, April 30th at 5:45 am MT on KTZA-FM (92.9) and on Sunday, May 1st at 7 am MT on KPZE-FM (106.1) and KEND-FM (106.5). After the interview airs, it will be posted on our website for anyone who missed it.   

Have you visited with your state or federal legislators? Do you have an ongoing relationship with any of your legislators? We want to hear about it! Please email Meghan Buzby at mbuzby@myeloma.org with your story and we will include it in our next Advocacy Update.

Happenings on the Hill

FY 2012 Appropriations Process Will Begin in May
The House Appropriations Committee will unveil draft fiscal year (FY) 2012 spending bills next month, intending to get the annual process for determining agency funding levels back to a more orderly process. The federal fiscal year officially begins on October 1 of each year and the appropriations process has broken down in recent years amid politics and debates over spending. With the House adoption of a FY 2012 budget resolution on April 15, the House Appropriations Subcommittees can begin putting together and marking up their respective spending bills. Though the FY 2012 appropriations process is starting off as it normally would each year, we expect the process to become derailed as the year progresses. 

Supreme Court Won’t Fast-Track Health Care Lawsuit
The U.S. Supreme Court turned down a request by Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli that the high court immediately take up a challenge to the health care law and bypass the appeals courts. The decision - announced without elaboration or noted dissent - was widely expected. This means the case will proceed through the normal appellate process and the next step will now be oral arguments at the Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, which is scheduled for May 10.

For more information about the legislation listed above or any other IMF advocacy initiative, contact IMF’s Director of Government Relations, Christine Murphy at cmurphy@myeloma.org or 703-738-1498.

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