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The cancer landscape today is a complex and changing environment. Advancements in research are helping people live longer, fuller lives with cancer, and social and emotional care has been recognized as a necessary component of complete cancer care. The 2008 Institute of Medicine Report, "Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs" has linked positive social and emotional support to better patient outcomes through the cancer experience. This landmark report has defined the gaps in social and emotional care and has identified community-based resources as a solution. The Cancer Policy Institute works through legislative and regulatory advocacy to ensure that patients have access to quality, timely, and comprehensive care that includes social and emotional care, and your voice is a vital part of our work.

Our Policy & Advocacy Resources are designed with advocates in mind and are updated regularly to reflect the most recent regulatory and policy news and priorities. We encourage you to visit this site often to learn about the Cancer Policy Institute’s initiatives, training opportunities, learning materials, events and to join us in our efforts to improve the experience of those impacted by cancer.

Read more about the Cancer Policy Institute's legislative and regulatory priorities, updates, letters and statements, and upcoming or past events.

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Resources & Tools

Check out our Education Center to learn more about the basics of Policy & Advocacy and the legislative process. Our Advocacy Tools are how-to guides for engaging in advocacy whether it is meeting with your elected official or tweeting at them. Our Webinars and Videos cover topics including patient access to care, coverage and payment, and grassroots advocacy.

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Ending the Government Shutdown and Funding Children’s Healthcare

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

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.

A National Day of Action in the Fight to #SaveCHIP

Leading children’s health, medical, and advocacy organizations around the country have designated today, January 10, 2018, as a National Day of Action to #SaveCHIP. Today, take a moment to call or email your federal legislators and ask them to extend current CHIP funding NOW.