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Advocacy Update - July 2012
07.26.12
AdvocatesTaking Action on the Hill and at Home
  • Patients Request Access to ALL Chemotherapy

    PEAC Lobby Day VolunteersOn June 26th, 2012, the Patient Equal Access Coalition advocated to gain additional co-sponsors for HR 2746, the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act, and to identify a Senate champion for companion legislation. IMF also held a virtual lobby day on the 26th, where over 150 people sent emails and made phone calls to their Congressional representatives to educate lawmakers and ask them to co-sponsor the bill. Since, the lobby day HR2746 has gained 5 new co-sponsors bringing the total number up to 45. Thank you to everyone who made this day a success. If you haven't contacted your Congressman email them today. 
  • IMF Advocates Raise Their Voices at the "One Voice Against Cancer" Lobby Day

    OVAC Lobby Day VolunteersThank you to Anthony Sibert, a myeloma patient and California Inland Empire support group leader, and Geri Smith-Benjamin, a myeloma patient from Arlington, Virginia, who were among the advocates asking members of Congress to support continued medical research. Read More
  • Advocate of the Month: Lisa Paulun

    Advocate of the MonthMyeloma patient Lisa Paulun had to stop working as a nurse practitioner, but the Action Team Leader for the Detroit Support Group continues to make an impact on her community.  Read her story

 

Help Us Inform Your Community

The National Postcards for Parity Program has been on a roll this summer with more than 900 postcards mailed back to the IMF from over 40 participants talking to their friends and family about this important issue. Join the Team Today!


The Advocacy Team has been hard at work with your help passing oral chemotherapy parity legislation and now we are taking it one step further.

We want to make sure that your clinicians, nurses, and fellow patients are kept up-to-date on the laws in your state, but we need your help to spread the word! Read More


State Legislative Update

Massachusetts -- S1070/S2363 was passed by the state senate last week. Now moves to the state House of Represenatives for a vote as soon as this week. Make your voice heard Today!
California -- AB1000 passed out of the Health Committee at the end of June. Currently, it's waiting for review in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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