|Representative Lois Capps
(CA-D) addresses ACCC members during the lunch session
Highlights from the 2016
Capitol Hill Day
Nearly 70 ACCC members from 27 states participated in 84 congressional meetings for the ACCC Capitol Hill Day on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Starting the day off, participants heard from former Senator Norm Coleman (MN), “The world belongs to those who show up, so thank you for showing up today to make difference.”
Members advocated for support for the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act (S 1566/HR 2739) and the Planning Actively for Cancer Treatment (PACT) Act (HR 2846). Throughout the day, ACCC Hill Day participants heard the message: legislators want your help to be informed about the issues and challenges affecting your cancer programs, your patients, and your community.
During a lunch address to ACCC Hill Day participants, Representative Lois Capps (CA-D), co-sponsor of the PACT Act, spoke about the critical role care planning and coordination play in ensuring patients are supported throughout their treatment. She also reiterated the importance of helping legislators understand the issues. “A cancer diagnosis is much more than a test result,” she said, [we need to] “educate our colleagues on Capitol Hill” [on the need to support patients through their cancer treatment journey].
Read the ACCC Buzz blog for more Capitol Hill Day and Annual Meeting highlights:
- Advocacy in Action — ACCC Capitol Hill Day
- Rep. Nolan Praises Advocacy Efforts of ACCC Members
- Annual Meeting Highlight: Medicare Update & What to Expect in 2016
- ACCC Annual Meeting: Five Key Takeaways
Learn more about the critical issues that may impact delivery of quality cancer care for your program in 2016 and beyond.
Former Senator Norm Coleman and ACCC Executive Director,
Christian G. Downs, JD. MHA
The Arizona, Oregon, and Hawaii delegation
met with Congressman Greg Walden (OR), third from left
See what Capitol Hill Day 2016 participants have to say:
“Capitol Hill Day was a great event. We had four great visits with the Legislative Aids for our Senators and Congressmen in Georgia. The importance and value of this day is valuable to all cancer patients and care givers.”
“This was my first Capitol Hill experience and I was secretly suspect of the value of this process before I participated. Now I'm a believer! Thank you for allowing me this opportunity!”
“Absolutely exceptional! It was a great opportunity to see the legislative experience up close!”