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Advocacy Update - July 2013
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Another Win For Cancer Patients
SPEAC LogoOn July 17, Governor Chafee of Rhode Island signed the oral chemotherapy access bill into law, making it the 26th state to ensure that cancer patients have access to all approved therapies regardless of how they are delivered. The IMF and its coalition SPEAC (State Patients Equal Access Coalition) have worked hard to eliminate the disparities that exist in the out-of-pocket costs of cancer treatments. Click here to see what we’ve accomplished so far!

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Affordable Care Act Implementation Updates and Resources
Insurance MarketplaceThis summer has brought a couple new developments in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The most public was the administration’s announcement on July 2 that they will be delaying the start date for the employer mandate by one year. In addition, to prepare new consumers entering the health insurance market, the Department of Health and Human Services launched healthcare.gov on June 24, as well as a 24-hour call center. Read more and watch a great video here.

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Mrs. Ralston Goes to Washington: OVAC Lobby Day
Meghan and Cindy

When I got the invitation from Aimee to participate in the lobby day for One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC), I was very excited and a bit nervous. I had never lobbied before nor had I ever been to DC! Lucky for me, the IMF had Meghan Buzby, Director of U.S. Advocacy at my side, to ease my apprehension and guide me through the advocacy process. Once I got to the Hill, I found it very easy to share my story of myeloma and the importance of cancer research funding. Read More

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Team Spirit Fuels July's Advocates of the Month
The IMF's Myeloma ACTION Team members work together to strengthen support for oral chemotherapy parity legislation, build strong grassroots networks in every state, and raise the awareness of myeloma across the country. With the mission to inspire others, this amazing group of patients and caregivers are working hard to make it easy for everyone to get involved, raise their voices and take a stand for all myeloma patients. Congratulations to team members, our Advocates of the Month for July! Read More


Advocacy Tip of the Month
**Are you on the email list of your member of Congress? This is a great resource to find out when your legislator will be in the community talking to constituents. You can sign up directly from his or her webpage. Visit the Action Center to find your Member’s webpage and sign up today! **
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