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How Precise is Precision Medicine?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

While government officials and the medical community celebrate advances in precision medicine, patients often struggle to navigate a treatment landscape that increasingly resembles science fiction.

Open Enrollment: November 2nd to December 15th, 2018

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

As the Midterm Election approaches and many prepare for the holiday season, it’s critical to remember that the open enrollment period to purchase health insurance coverage for 2019 is quickly approaching as well. This is the time to make sure that you and your loved ones have access to comprehensive, quality, and affordable coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

The Importance of Understanding Psychosocial Concerns in Cancer Survivorship

Friday, October 5, 2018

While clear advances have certainly been made in treatment and survival, there remains a critical need to better understand the quality of life implications of survivorship. We applaud the multidisciplinary approach of cancer care, and also advocate strongly for an even more comprehensive view of treating patients, above and beyond the treatment of their disease.

Amplifying the Patient Voice in Cancer Care

Friday, September 28, 2018

In cancer care, goals should be informed by what the patient considers to be most important. This is why our team at the Research and Training Institute is developing a new tool that can be used to measure what really matters to patients- Valued Outcomes in the Cancer Experience (VOICE™).

Advocate Spotlight: Michael Holtz, Knoxville, Tennessee

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Each month, the Cancer Policy Insitute profiles advocates who have been engaged in advocacy in their home state, their community, with elected officials, and more. Read on to learn more about our featured advocate for the month of September and his passion to advocate for education, patient support, and policy change. If you are interested in learning more about policy, advocacy, and ways to get involved, sign up to be a part of the Grassroots Network!

Get Ready to Vote this November

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

November is quickly approaching, which means Election Day, Tuesday, November 6th, will be here before we know it. As we lead up to this day, the Cancer Support Community’s Cancer Policy Institute urges you to get involved and vote! Read our blog for important information about registration deadlines, voter resources, and more.

Being Your Own Best Advocate: Advice from Olympic gymnast and cancer survivor, Shannon Miller

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Shannon Miller is a 7-time Olympic medalist in gymnastics. She’s also a mother, an author, a dedicated health and wellness advocate - and an ovarian cancer survivor. An unexpected cancer diagnosis, and the treatment journey that followed, forced her to discover a new normal and has further fueled her passion of empowering and educating women around health and wellness. She’s partnered with TESARO and Our Way Forward to encourage patients, their loved ones and healthcare providers talk about ovarian cancer. Learn more, and read other blog perspectives at https://www.ourwayforward.com/.

Advocate Spotlight: Mirchelle Louis, Dallas, Texas

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Each month, the Cancer Policy Insitute will be profiling advocates who have been engaged in advocacy in their home state, their community, with elected officials, and more. Read on to learn more about our featured advocate for the month of August and her passion for defending and increasing access to health care for all . If you are interested in learning more about policy, advocacy, and ways to get involved, sign up to be a part of the Grassroots Network!

CMS Decides to Put Treatment Decisions in the Hands of Insurers

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

On August 7, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance giving Medicare Advantage (MA) plans (private insurance plans approved by Medicare that cover hospital and medical expenses) the option of applying prior authorization and step therapy for physician-administered and other Medicare Part B drugs (effective January 1, 2019) stating that this policy change will lower costs, improve quality of life, and ensure that patients receive the most preferred treatment.

Short-Term, Limited Duration Plans will Harm Patient’s Access to Comprehensive Coverage

Thursday, August 9, 2018

On August 1, 2018, the Administration finalized another policy that will impact access to quality health insurance coverage by expanding the availability of short-term, limited duration (STLD) insurance plans that are not required to cover essential health benefits or pre-existing conditions.

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