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American Health Care Act Changes in Advance of Vote

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Last night (March 20), House Republicans introduced amendments to their health care reform legislation the American Health Care Act. Check out our blog to find out details and sign up to be a grassroots advocate.

President Trump’s Budget Significantly Reduces Funding for Cancer Research

Friday, March 17, 2017

President Trump released his proposed budget, “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” on Wednesday, March 15. It includes significant funding cuts, including a near 20% reduction to the Department of Health and Human Services and National Institutes of Health including the National Cancer Institute.

Replacing the Affordable Care Act: What You Need to Know

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The American Health Care Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 6, 2017. As this bill, and other proposals are considered, it is important for cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones to understand the potential implications of these changes.

A New Era in Cancer Policy

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Friday is Inauguration Day. Regardless of who you voted for, the beginning of a new administration is a great time to refocus our efforts to ensure that no one faces cancer alone. In addition, there are new elected officials in the Senate, House of Representatives, and in state houses across the country who are empowered to make change on a number of issues. Help us make sure that support for people affected by cancer is on that list.

Act Now: Making a Difference in Cancer Policy

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

This month, we’re continuing our Many Faces of Advocacy campaign by highlighting policy advocacy. Policy advocacy is probably what you first think of when you hear the word “advocacy.” A cancer policy advocate pushes for changes in government that will improve the lives of people affected by cancer. This can come in many forms, from writing a letter to your congressional representatives to spreading the word about important legislation using social media.

The Federal Government Shutdown’s Impact on People with Cancer

Friday, October 4, 2013

On Tuesday, October 1, the federal government began a partial shutdown after Congress became gridlocked over funding for the government and its activities for the new budget year (which started that day).

As we noted then, the shutdown does not affect Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. These programs will continue during the shutdown. In addition, the state health insurance marketplaces/exchanges are open for business to help people enroll for health insurance, as required by the health care reform law.

However, in addition to the closure of all national parks, and halting of several important government functions including the seasonal flu program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to name just one, the shutdown does affect some key programs that are important to people with cancer. And that impact will increase if the shutdown continues.