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Everyone Makes a Difference!
By Meghan Buzby
11.24.10

As the IMF Advocacy team rounds out a very empowering and successful year, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank ALL of YOU!

Whether you were in Washington on the Hill, meeting with your legislators at the district level, writing in via our Action Center, or attending one of our webinars, it’s all of you, our IMF Advocates, that are responsible for our success!!

Because of your support, IMF advocates helped to pass the following bills in 2010:

  • S 1674 / HR 2866: The Improving Access to Clinical Trials Act, which changed the eligibility requirements for SSI and Medicaid so that compensation of up to $2,000 for participating in clinical trials is not considered income in SSI and Medicaid determinations.

  • S 488 / HR 716: The Access to Cancer Clinical Trials Act, ensures that cancer patients are able to participate in clinical trials by covering the routine patient care costs that patients would normally receive in non-clinical trial treatment. The Access to Cancer Clinical Trials Act was included in the Affordable Care Act.
  • H. Resolution 1433, which designated September 2010 as Blood Cancer Awareness Month.
  • SB 50, which requires that in the state of Connecticut orally-administered anticancer medications to be covered on the same basis as intravenously administered or injected anticancer medications.
  • SB 510, which established in the state of New Hampshire a commission to evaluate the parity between oral and intravenous chemotherapy.
  • The inclusion of vital provisions important to cancer patients in the Affordable Care Act including the elimination of "pre-existing conditions" as a barrier to health care coverage, the elimination of annual and lifetime caps on insurance coverage, and closing of the Medicare "donut hole."

We look forward to another triumphant year in 2011. Stay tuned for opportunities to participate in our in-person and webinar training sessions, visits to the Hill, state level initiatives, and of course our Action Center.

The IMF Advocacy team would once again like to thank all of you for your involvement in 2010 and wish you a very safe and happy holiday season.

For more information on how you can get involved, please email me at mbuzby@myeloma.org.

If you are not yet signed up as an advocate, please do so today!


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