[Mini-Podcast] State Advocacy Matters
March 22, 2022
WAHO President Benjamin M. Parsons, DO, Gundersen Health Care System, La Crosse Clinic, was featured in a mini-podcast produced by the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) where he shared some of the state-level initiatives WAHO has been working on to support our physician members and the patients they treat.
"We've just recently supported legislation that was basically trying to prohibit white bagging at the state level. We also supported some legislation that was about copay accumulators, which is a big problem for our patients. We have a lot of foundation funding and other mechanisms to try to mitigate some of the copays for patients with (especially) terminal illnesses."
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Why Wisconsin Lawmakers Need to Protect the Value of Copay Assistance
In October, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a powerful new opinion from Wisconsin resident and patient Jim Turk on his experience living with multiple sclerosis (MS) and the need to protect Wisconsin patients from the growing insurance practice known as “copay accumulators.”
In the piece, Jim explains how copay accumulators threaten patients with MS who rely on copay assistance to access their medications. Jim urges Wisconsin legislators to take action to protect patients in the state from these programs with Senate Bill 215 and Assembly Bill 184.
WAHO Joins 400+ Organizations in Support of MCED Legislation
May 5, 2022
The Wisconsin Association of Hematology and Oncology (WAHO) joined more than 400 organization from all 50 states to urge Congress to pass the Medicare Multi-Cancer Early Detection (MCED) Screening Coverage Act (H.R.1946/S.1873) this year. This legislation would create a pathway for MCED tests to be covered by the Medicare program following approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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