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Advocate Spotlight: Libby Mullin, Washington, D.C.

Monday, May 14, 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 May and her years in advocacy on Capitol Hill and with her own consulting practice. 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!

How Costly is Depression for Cancer Patients?

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A recent study conducted by Mausbach et al. entitled “Healthcare Costs of Depression in Patients Diagnosed with Cancer” found that cancer patients with depression had total annual health care charges that were 113 percent higher than non-depressed cancer patients. For example, patients with depression had estimated average charges of $235,337 in comparison to the average charges of non-depressed patients, which totaled to $110,650.

Copay Accumulator Programs: What’s at Stake for Patients?

Monday, April 16, 2018

A new type of policy has been introduced that has the potential to put cancer patients at serious financial risk. You may not have heard of copay accumulators or accumulator adjustment programs before, so this blog will provide an overview of these policies to help prepare you in case you might be at risk of facing this barrier to affordable cancer care.

Advocate Spotlight: Lee Tomlinson, Los Angeles, California

Thursday, April 12, 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 April and his passion for promoting patient-centered, heart-driven compassionate care. 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!

Advocate Spotlight: Miranda Johnson, Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

"Having a personal connection to an issue is part of what will make the work that you do resonate with so many people. It will drive your passion to do more research, learn about the issue, and look for ways in which you can contribute and help people."

Read more from Miranda about discovering the importance of being an advocate and sharing your story.

A Week of Government Spending and Blueprints for the Future

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Over the past week, Congress and the Trump Administration have made progress on government funding and budgeting for the coming years. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 was passed into law and Trump released his 2019 proposed budget—which does not carry the rule of law but does highlight the Administration’s priorities in the coming year. Both of these policy documents include significant health care issues.

Advocate Spotlight: Bev Soult, President/CEO of CSC Central Ohio

Thursday, February 1, 2018

"By becoming an advocate, at any level, we are able to unify our organization throughout the nation and become one voice for Cancer Support Community/Gilda’s Club, advocating for all cancer patients and survivors."

Read more from Bev about her own experience in advocacy, and her advice for those wanting to get more involved.

Ending the Government Shutdown and Funding Children’s Healthcare

Friday, January 26, 2018

Earlier this week, Congress passed a bill to keep the government open for another three weeks (until February 8) and extend the funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
for another six years.

Trump Administration to Allow Work Requirements for Medicaid Patients

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Today the Trump Administration released new eligibility requirements for nondisabled Medicaid recipients which would require them to work, seek employment, or engage in unpaid volunteer services.

Tax Bill Passes and Reforms Affordable Care Act

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The United States House of Representatives and Senate have passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which is expected to be signed into law by President Trump before the end of the year. Marking the largest overhaul of our tax system in decades, this bill also makes changes to our nation’s health care system and social safety net.

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