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Advocacy Update - May 2013
05.23.13
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The Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act is Introduced
PEACOn April 26, Rep. Brian Higgins introduced the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act, H.R. 1801, with 14 bipartisan co-sponsors! In one month, we have doubled our co-sponsors, giving us a great starting place to take this legislation all the way to the floor. "For patients living with cancer across the country, this bill will mean one less thing to worry about. They will no longer have to decide between the best treatment and financial stability, and can focus on what really matters: beating their cancer," said Meghan Buzby. Read More

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May Advocates of the Month: The Joyce Family
Advocates of the MonthChristy Joyce, diagnosed with myeloma in 2008, decided to get involved in the Postcards for Parity Program "because it seemed horribly unfair that people are being denied access to lifesaving drugs." And when the Nevada woman asked her family to complete postcards for their legislators, her husband and three kids all asked if they could get involved too. On May 10, Christy visited the State House with her family to testify in support of SB 266. Read More

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As the Bill TurnsWe left off last month with a win for parity in Oklahoma and a flurry of activity in many states. This month we are hoping to add two more wins, bringing the total to 25 states to pass parity bills. Email your legislators and I know we can get there. Read what you can do for the next two wins…

 
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Health Reform and You: Many ways to Learn
Health Reform and YouThe IMF held its first in person Patient Education Forum on the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on cancer patients in California on May 10th. Held in conjunction with the San Francisco Patient and Family Seminar, over 50 patients and caregivers learned the ins and outs of the new California insurance marketplace, "Covered California" and the current and future changes to Medicare. Patients felt the IMF's Team, as well as guest speakers did a great job of making a complex topic more comprehensible. We are excited to host two more in person events in New Jersey and Chicago in the coming months. Read More
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**Legislators want to hear from their constituents and social media makes it easy. Most federal legislators have their own Twitter and Facebook pages where you can comment and ask for their support of HR1801. You can also engage your friends and family to Take Action via Facebook and Twitter from our Action Center.**
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