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Legislative Action Center

Together we can help key policy makers at the federal and local levels better understand how their decisions on policy and legislation impact community oncology care. State and federal legislation can have a real impact on your bottom line, and ultimately how you deliver care, which is why it's so important that ACCC members bring their on-the-frontline perspectives to the legislative process.

Highlights from Capitol Hill Day 2017

United States Capitol
Attendance was at a record high as nearly 65 ACCC members representing 143 districts participated in 88 congressional meetings for ACCC Capitol Hill Day on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. The event kicked off on Tuesday evening with an inspiring speech from former U.S. senator and cancer survivor Norm Coleman (MN) who thanked ACCC members for attending Capitol Hill Day and making a difference in their communities.

During a lunch address on Wednesday, Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY), who co-sponsors the Cancer Drug Parity Act of 2017 (H.R. 1409), stressed the importance of Capitol Hill Day to ACCC members, "Your constituents are our constituents," and "your presence here [on Capitol Hill] is very important."

ACCC members advocated on behalf of their cancer patients for access to quality care and affordable insurance coverage, a commitment to value-based care, increased funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and cancer research, and the Cancer Drug Parity Act of 2017 (H.R. 1409).

See What Capitol Hill Day 2017 Participants Have to Say

blockquoteIt was a great day. The representatives we met with have a lot on their plates, but for the most part they were receptive to our messages and felt like they were important. Dawn Peele, MBA, MT(ASCP), FACHE
CarolinaEast Health System

blockquote[ACCC Capitol Hill Day] has piqued my interest in doing more advocacy. Melanie Lutz, MSN, BSN, OCN
Catawba Valley Medical Center

blockquoteHaving an opportunity to have a voice and the mentoring from ACCC on how to approach [advocating on Hill Day] were invaluable. Robin Hearne, MS, RN
The Outer Banks Hospital

View our photo album:

Pennsylvania Delegation: Aliaa Shikara, Conemaugh Physician Group; Randall Oyer, MD, Lancaster General Hospital; and Connie Patterson, WellSpan Health, York Cancer Center pictured with Congressman Lloyd Smucker.

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