Capitol Hill Day

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As healthcare reform continues to undergo a wave of radical change, now is the time to make your voice heard and play a role in lawmakers' decisions on federal health policy affecting oncology.

Join colleagues from your state on Capitol Hill Day, Wednesday, March 4, 2020, and meet with legislators to advocate for improved research funding, greater access to quality healthcare, and payment reform.

Scheduled by ACCC, the congressional meetings are an opportunity to share your story with lawmakers, so they better understand the realities and challenges of delivery cancer care in your community.

Capitol Hill Day is open to all ACCC members on the cancer care team and is included with your meeting registration.

 

begin-quoteGreat day and very unique experience. I talk with patients daily regarding the cost of oral chemotherapy, so to say that I advocated for this to change on their behalf makes a world of a difference to them.

Laura Kruczek
Oncology Financial Navigator
Shaw Cancer Center, Vail Health

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Highlights from the 2019 Capitol Hill Day


On Wednesday, March 20, ACCC members representing 21 states and covering 150 districts headed to Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf of their cancer patients. Capitol Hill Day was the first opportunity for ACCC members to meet with the 116th Congress, a diverse legislative class featuring more than 100 newly elected Representatives and 10 Senators.

With more than 65 meetings, participants met with their legislators to advocate for oral parity (H.R. 1730/S.741), clinical trial coverage for Medicaid enrollees with life-threatening conditions (H.R. 913), and the rising cost of healthcare and drugs. Read the issue and advocacy briefs. 

During a lunch address, Dr. Robyn Stacy-Humphries, Radiation Oncologist and Patient Advocate, shared her compelling story about her battle with lymphoma and personally attested to the importance of clinical trial access, having been a participant in a CAR T-cell therapy clinical trial. 

Explore highlights from Capitol Hill Day here

 


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Carolyn Haskins, MS, CGC, Genetic Counselor at Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Fla. (left) meets with Maria Robayo, Legislative Assistant to Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL 14th District).
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Stuart Portman, Advisor, Health Policy for Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), meets with Susannah Friemel, MD, oncologist at Iowa Cancer Specialists.

 

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Left to right: Leigh Boehmer, PharmD, BCOP, ACCC Medical Director of Education; Tarry Mills Hodges, Director of Governmental Relations at St. Joseph’s/Candler, Savannah, Ga.; Michael L. Chou, Director of Operations at South Carolina Cancer Specialists, P.A., Hilton Head Island, S.C.; and Seth Ismail, Legislative Correspondent for Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-SC 6th District.)

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Mahesh Seetharam, MD, FACP, oncologist at Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, Ariz. (left), and Ali McBride, PharmD, MS, BCOP, Clinical Coordinator of Hematology/Oncology at The University of Arizona Cancer Center, after meeting with Sylvia Lee, Senior Policy Advisor to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).