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Advocacy Update - August 2013
08.19.13
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Bill Would Ensure Medicare Patients Get Guidance to Make Fully Informed Decisions
PACT ActThe moment people are diagnosed with cancer, they must make life-altering treatment decisions, sometimes without completely understanding the implications. Currently, the cancer care structure does not reimburse health care providers for performing the counseling needed to ensure that patients make fully informed decisions. The Planning Actively for Cancer Treatment (PACT) Act of 2013, introduced in the House, will provide Medicare beneficiaries a new service by incentivizing physicians to create a written care plan and to discuss and alter the plan based on shared decisions made with the patient. Click here to email your legislator today!

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The Federal Oral Parity Bill: HR1801
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Oral Anticancer Treatment Legislation featured in Cancer Today
Cancer Today"Good news! Your insurance approved this prescription. How do you want to take care of the $3,200 you owe?" To his shock and disappointment, IMF advocate Robert Adler heard these words in 2008. His story as well as a quote from our VP of Global Advocacy, Arin Assero is highlighted in this month's Cancer Today, a publication of the American Association of Cancer Research. Read more

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Health Reform and You: Navigating the Health Insurance Marketplaces
Health Insurance Marketplace Please join us for the next in our series of webinars on the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, November 21 at 7 PM eastern/4 pm pacific. You will hear from experts who will discuss everything you need to know to apply for health insurance coverage through the new health insurance marketplaces plus questions that ALL myeloma patients should ask when searching for a new insurance plan. Click here to register today!

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Congratulations to Judy Lewis for being our August Advocate of the Month!
Judy LewisThis month we honor an advocate whose dedication to carrying postcards wherever she goes allowed her to make a huge impact in her neighboring state of North Carolina. "My husband, Jim, was diagnosed with myeloma in the fall of 2008," explains Judy. "It was just weeks after my retirement before we had even begun the post-retirement to-do list. The list is still long, it just does not seem as important as it once did. Whether it is a wearing a wristband, making contact with legislators by writing a letter, making a telephone call or attending a meeting or even getting an oral parity postcard into the right hand, everything we do on behalf of cancer patients makes a difference." Read More

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Advocacy Tip of the Month

**Share this video featuring IMF's Director of US Advocacy, Meghan Buzby with your friends and family via Facebook or email to educate them on how they can support all cancer patients across the country. Meghan explains the oral anticancer treatment access issue to Patient Power's Andrew Schorr in a clear easy to understand manner. And add this link to the Action Center to have them all email their legislators!**

 

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