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Speaking up on Advocacy Day 2020: Meet Ben White

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Advocacy Day will bring together passionate and determined advocates from across the country to speak out on behalf of all people living with a cancer diagnosis on March 4th. One of those advocates is Ben White, an early onset colorectal cancer survivor. He moved all the way from northern California to Washington DC to pursue a career in advocacy and now serves as Coordinator-Development at the Cancer Support Community’s DC headquarters. The day of action provides an opportunity for individuals to meet with their elected officials and staff on Capitol Hill to help ensure that the patient remains as the center of all policies and regulations related to healthcare.

Speaking up on Advocacy Day 2020: Meet Kelly Hendershot

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

On March 4th, 2020, the Cancer Support Community will bring together a group of dedicated and passionate advocates from around the country to meet with their elected officials and staff on Capitol Hill for Advocacy Day. One advocate is Kelly Hendershot a caregiver to her husband who died of brain cancer at the age of 30 and the Program Director of Gilda’s Club Quad Cities. She is traveling all the way from Iowa to be part of this day of action to help ensure that the patient remains at the center of all policies and regulations related to health care.

We had the chance to catch up with Kelly before she started her journey to Washington, DC

Welcoming Kim Czubaruk to the Cancer Support Community

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Cancer Support Community is proud to announce the newest team member of our Cancer Policy Institute. Please join us in welcoming Kim Czubaruk, the Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy.

Advocate Spotlight: Shannon La Cava

Monday, December 3, 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 December and her recent dive into advocacy. 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: Yovana Portillo, Phoenix, Arizona

Tuesday, October 23, 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 October and her passion to advocate for and destigmatize lung cancer. 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!

New Transparency Laws Could Help Patients Reduce Out-of-Pocket Drug Spending

Thursday, October 18, 2018

President Trump recently signed two bills into law aimed at reducing patients’ out-of-pocket spending on prescription medications. The “Patient’s Right to Know Drug Prices Act” and the “Know the Lowest Price Act” address a practice known as “gag clauses.”

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.

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.

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