165 Advocates Wrote Their Legislators to Stop Funding Cuts to NIH, FDA and more! Did you?
On January 2, 2013 non-defense discretionary programs will face devastating, across-the-board cuts of 8.2 percent through an arcane budget tool known as "sequestration" unless Congress works together to prevent these cuts through a bipartisan, balanced approach to deficit reduction. Sequestration would result in a cut to funding for the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other agencies. These agencies fund research into multiple myeloma, screen to prevent cancer, and help bring lifesaving cancer treatments to patients quickly. These cuts would have a potentially devastating effect on cancer programs, including those that support myeloma research and treatment. Please help us by asking Congress to take a balanced approach to deficit reduction and protect funding for medical and scientific research, public health and more. Email your Legislators Now!
Tom and Jerry Make it Happen!
A big thank you to this month’s Advocate of the Month, Tom Glass, for his enthusiasm and energy from the beginning to the end of helping his legislator in Virginia recognize the importance of cancer drug parity legislation! “I saw this as an opportunity to do something of value that I could feel good about,” said Tom, who worked alongside Jerry Walton, leader of the Southeastern Virginia Multiple Myeloma Support Group, to meet with Rep. Rigell. Hence the nickname of this dynamic duo! Read More
First Batch of Postcards Delivered This Week to Congress
With over 2300 postcards collected from across the country it is time to start delivering them to Representatives asking them to co-sponsor HR2746! Currently we are at 54 co-sponsors with a goal of six more before the session ends in December.
IMF Advocacy Team Forms New Coalition
Driven by the strategic plan of the national PEAC, the State Patients Equal Access Coalition seeks to influence the development of insurance health exchanges in each state that will ensure an equal payment system and cost-sharing requirements for patients receiving intravenous, injectable, and/or orally-administered oncolytic therapies. Learn More Here
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Missed the Advocacy Webinar? Have no Fear; we've got it here. A lot of fun was had as we walked through the 10 Steps to Building a Relationship with your Legislator this Election Season. Watch it today!
Do you live in Atlanta or the surrounding areas? This December we will be hosting our 3rd Annual Advocacy Luncheon at ASH. We are excited to be on the ground with advocates from Georgia to build the base for a strong Georgian Action team. This year we will go over the basics of advocacy and discuss the current political landscape for cancer patients post the 2012 elections. Register Today
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