April 15, 2011
Advocates in Action
New Mexico – Great news! SB 385, a bill that would require equal coverage for orally administered chemotherapy and intravenous and injected chemotherapy was signed by Governor Martinez into law on April 4, 2011. The law is scheduled to go into effect on June 17, 2011. Thank you to everyone who emailed Gov. Martinez and encouraged her to sign it. And, a special thanks to our Advocate of the Month, David Cowan who provided oral testimony to the members of the House Health & Government Affairs Committee at the beginning of this process.
You can read David’s amazing story on our Advocate of the Month page.
Step-by-Step Guide to District Visits – You don’t need to travel to DC to make a difference. U.S. Members of Congress not only have offices in DC but also have local offices in or near your hometown. And, a personal visit is the MOST effective way to communicate your concerns.
In the wake of budget cuts and healthcare reform implementation, we must call on our legislators to retain a sharp focus on critical elements affecting ALL myeloma patients.
Follow these 6 easy steps to scheduling your district visit!
Step 1: Visit the Advocacy Action Center. Click on the “Elected Officials” tab on the homepage.
Step 2: Type in your zip code to locate your Senators and Representatives.
Step 3: Click on your Senator or Representative and select the “Contact” tab. Please be sure to contact the local district office and not the DC office.
Step 4: Request a personal visit by phoning the appointment scheduler of your legislator and identifying yourself as a constituent. If your Senator or Representative cannot meet with you ask to meet with a Legislative Assistant.
Step 5: During your visit share your personal story that relates to one of the Cancer Patient Statement of Principles below. Your visit may only allow enough time to discuss some of them, so focus on 1-2 that relate to your situation and the rest will be in the congressional leave behind.
Have you visited with your state or federal legislators? Do you have an ongoing relationship with any of your legislators? We want to hear about it! Please email Meghan Buzby at firstname.lastname@example.org with your story and we will include it in our next Advocacy Update.
Happenings on the Hill
Congress Averts Government Shutdown with final FY 2011 Continuing Resolution
The CR also makes a 0.2% across the board cut from all non-defense programs and the figures listed above do not reflect this cut. Additionally, all previous policy riders that would have defunded the federal health reform law were eliminated. At the time this article was written, both the House and Senate had not yet formally voted on the final FY 2011 CR but both Chambers were expected to pass the CR.
President Declares April 2011 National Cancer Control Month
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