Rachel Solomon

Rachel Solomon

Manager, Policy

Rachel Solomon joined the Cancer Support Community in September 2019 as the Policy and Advocacy Manager. Prior to coming to CSC, Rachel worked with engagement and patient advocate programs at the American Society of Clinical Oncology and Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance. Rachel graduated with her BA in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, and obtained a Certificate in Patient Navigation from Georgetown University.

Rachel lives in DC with her husband, Ross, and cat, Smittens.

Blog Posts

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Read October 13, 2020

The Affordable Care Act at Risk: What Does This Mean for You?

On November 10, 2020, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a legal challenge that seeks to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While the ACA remains the law of the land for now, it is important for all people, including cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones, to understand the potential implications and what this case means for them. If the Supreme Court finds that the entire ACA is unconstitutional, it could have serious effects on access to care, removing many essential patient protections that cancer patients and survivors depend on. The Cancer Support Community is ready to continue our work to assist people impacted by cancer no matter what happens to the ACA.
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Read September 14, 2020

Advocate Spotlight: Rujul Desai, JD

Each month, the Cancer Policy Institute profiles advocates who have been engaged in health advocacy. Read on to learn more about Rujul and his tip for people interested in becoming an advocate.
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Read September 11, 2020

Step Therapy: What Patients Need to Know

One of the major themes dominating health care discussions today is that health care costs in the United States are proving unsustainable. Practices known as utilization management (UM) are one of the ways by which health care costs have been addressed. As part of the Forum on Utilization Management, the Cancer Policy Institute (CPI) is releasing a series of blogs aimed at educating patients about different UM practices and techniques, how they impact access to care, as well as advocacy opportunities to address those barriers to care. Read this third blog in the series to learn more about Step Therapy.
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Read July 13, 2020

Advocate Spotlight: Kim Praitano

Each month, the Cancer Policy Institute profiles advocates who have been engaged in cancer advocacy. Read on to learn more about Kim Praitano, President & CEO of Gilda’s Club South Florida, and her passion for psychosocial support in cancer 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!
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Read June 29, 2020

The Affordable Care Act: An Update

The ACA has provided health insurance coverage to millions of Americans through the establishment of individual marketplaces and the expansion of Medicaid. It also has protected Americans with pre-existing conditions and allowed young adults to stay on their parent's insurance until the age of 26. Read on to learn about the impact the law has had on the cancer community as well as the current threat to the ACA.
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Read June 25, 2020

Pride Month: Addressing and Overcoming Health Disparities for LGBTQ+ Cancer Patients

Every June, pride month is celebrated with parades and marches across the country to celebrate diversity, promote dignity and equal rights, and increase visibility. While the COVID-19 pandemic may have put parades and marches on hold for this year, it is more important than ever to celebrate and support community while also acknowledging that there is much work needed in overcoming health disparities in the LGBTQ+ community.
Read June 15, 2020

Addressing and Overcoming Health Inequities

We are facing extremely challenging times in our country due to the many layers of crisis and strife affecting our families, our communities and our nation. The tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, as well as COVID-19 disproportionately affecting racial and ethnic minorities, lay bare the racial inequities in our society and magnify very real systemic and institutional injustices. The Cancer Support Community (CSC) will continue to advocate for health care policies that break down inequities and enable all individuals to have access to affordable medical care and support.
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Read June 29, 2020

What is the Federal Government Doing to Help People Impacted by Coronavirus?

If you are a person impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), are living with cancer, or are immunocompromised, one important way to maintain some sense of control in what might be an anxiety-provoking time is to understand what is being done from a policy perspective to help respond to the pandemic, and how these changes have the potential to actually impact you and your community.
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Read June 25, 2020

What Cancer Patients, Survivors and Caregivers Need to Know about the Coronavirus

For many cancer patients and survivors with compromised immune systems, the reporting on this public health emergency may likely be source of anxiety. At a time when information is coming at us at a rapid pace, we are putting resources for you here, in one place. Read on to view a list of the resources we have and the actions CSC are taking to provide support to individuals affected by cancer.
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Read February 13, 2020

Advocate Spotlight: Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley

Each month, the Cancer Policy Institute profiles advocates who have been engaged in cancer advocacy. Read on to learn more about Siobhan, and her path to become the Executive Director of Gilda's Club Kansas City. 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!
Read February 6, 2020

What Cancer Patients, Survivors, and Caregivers Need to Know about the Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (named 2019-nCoV) that was first detected in Wuhan City, China and which continues to expand, including some confirmed cases within the U.S. For many cancer patients and survivors with compromised immune systems, the reporting on this public health emergency may likely be source of anxiety. However, the CDC reports that the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time.
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Read February 3, 2020

CSC Opposes Changes to Medicaid that Could Negatively Impact Patient Access

The Cancer Support Community opposes the new Medicaid guidance announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that allows states to convert a portion of their Medicaid program funding into a block grant program. Read on to learn more about CSC's position on this issue.
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Read January 24, 2020

Prior Authorization: What Patients Need to Know

One of the major themes dominating health care discussions today is that health care costs in the United States are proving unsustainable. Practices known as utilization management (UM) are one of the attempts the cost of health care has been addressed. The Cancer Policy Institute (CPI) at the Cancer Support Community (CSC) is releasing a series of blogs aimed at educating patients about different UM practices and techniques, how it impacts access to care, as well as advocacy opportunities to address those barriers to care. Read this second blog in the series to learn more about Prior Authorization. Missed the first blog? Read it now!
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Read December 20, 2019

New Court Ruling Voids the Affordable Care Act Individual Mandate and Leaves Rest of Law in Limbo

On December 18, 2019, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual mandate that all Americans have health insurance. The rest of the law will stay in place for now as it is sent back to the lower court that must now determine whether the other parts of the ACA can stand without the individual mandate. While the ACA will remain the law of the land for now, it’s important for all people, including cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones, to understand what this ruling means for them.
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Read December 3, 2019

Utilization Management: What Patients Need to Know

One of the major themes dominating health care discussions today is the fact that healthcare costs in the United States are proving unsustainable. Practices known as utilization management (UM) are one of the major ways the high cost of health care has been addressed. The Cancer Policy Institute at the CSC will be releasing a series of blogs aimed at educating patients about different UM practices and techniques. The upcoming blogs will contain information that patients need to know, including how that particular technique impacts access to care, as well as advocacy opportunities to address those barriers to care. Read this first blog in the series to learn more about UM, the different practices and techniques, and how CSC is fostering conversations about UM.
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Read November 4, 2019

5 Things You Need to Know About 2020 Open Enrollment

The open enrollment period to purchase health insurance coverage for 2020 is here! Now 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.