National Policy Resources—Local Advocacy Results

As cancer care professionals who experience the challenges of providing quality cancer care first-hand, NCOA members are well positioned to educate decision-makers on how coverage and reimbursement issues affect community oncology. State and federal legislation can have a significant impact on the financial viability of local cancer programs, which is why it's so important that our members make their voices heard.

In an effort to provide resources needed to effectively advocate on the issues that are important to them, our redesigned advocacy webpage features weekly legislation updates from the North Carolina General Assembly, local news, and more.

We want to hear from you! If there is a specific piece of legislation you want to know more about, an important resource we're missing, or if you want to get more involved, please contact us!

Legislative Updates

Senate Considers New COVID Appropriations Bill; Governor Cooper Issues Executive Order Relaxing Additional COVID-19 Restrictions 
Friday, April 30, 2021

On Thursday, April 29, the Senate Appropriations/Base Budget Committee discussed SB 172Additional COVID-19 Response & Relief, which appropriates certain federal grant funds provided to North Carolina under the American Rescue Plan Act.  SB 172 will appropriate $9 billion in non-discretionary funds for state and local governments and COVID relief funding such as emergency rental assistance.  SB 172 received a favorable report and has been referred to the Senate Rules Committee.
The Governor has yet to make his recommendations for the American Rescue Plan funding for the state, but he is expected to release them in the near future.

A number of other bills were heard in committee and passed the House and Senate this week. View bill chart.

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North Carolina General Assembly Passes Bipartisan COVID Relief Bill 
Monday, March 8, 2021

On March 5, HB 196—2021 COVID-19 Response & Relief was introduced and quickly passed the House by a unanimous vote on Wednesday and the Senate by unanimous vote on Thursday afternoon.

Highlights of the bill’s funding measures include:

  • $600 million for COVID-19 testing, tracing and prevention needs;
  • $100 million to assist K-12 public schools as they navigate reopening and $40 million to support summer learning programs;
  • $290 million for higher education emergency relief;
  • $15 million for the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory to implement alternative COVID surveillance methods; and
  • $3 million for upgrades to the NC COVID Vaccine Management System.

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Federal Advocacy 

NCOA Joins Coalition Letter Urging Addition of the Cures 2.0 Concept Paper Title IV Provisions in the Next COVID-19 Relief Package

The North Carolina Oncology Association (NCOA) joined in a coalition letter to congressional leadership urging that Congress include the 21st Century Cures 2.0 concept paper, recently released by Representatives Diana DeGette and Fred Upton in upcoming legislation to further address the COVID-19 public health crisis. Specifically the letter urges leadership to include policy to provide Medicaid coverage of the routine care costs of clinical trials participation for patients with life-threatening conditions in every state. This critical protection is championed by Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Gus Bilirakis in the Clinical Treatment Act (H.R. 913).

Webinars & Webcasts

Archived Webinar: CMS Final 2020 Outpatient Prospective Payment System & Physician Fee Schedule Rules: What You Need to Know

ACCC members were invited to join legal experts and their ACCC colleagues for a one-hour overview and discussion about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) final CY 2020 OPPS and PFS rules. The webinar covered key proposals the agency has finalized under the OPPS that will affect next year’s payments for 340B hospitals, excepted off-campus provider-based departments (PBDs), as well as updates to the administration's pricing transparency and drug pricing reform efforts. A recording of this webinar, presentation slides, and rule summaries are available to ACCC members.  

ACCC members can access summaries of the final rules here. [Requires Login] Also available, a summary of selected provisions of the CY2020 Hospital Price Transparency Requirements for Hospitals to Make Standard Charges Public final rule. [Requires Login]

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