WAHO is raising its advocacy voice on state and federal issues.

We are actively working to ensure that the voice of oncology in Wisconsin is heard. Explore our website for the latest updates in oncology and healthcare-related legislation in Wisconsin, discover WAHO's advocacy on the state and federal level, and more.

WAHO values your input. Help us make a difference in our state. Do you know a Wisconsin State Legislature member? Do you have an issue you want to bring attention to? Please contact us with all questions and comments.

State Advocacy 

[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 
October 2021

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.

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Federal Advocacy 

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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Oncology State Societies at ACCC: Snapshot from the 2022 ASCO Annual Meeting

In this clip, Stephanie Van Winkle, Executive Director of the Oncology State Societies at ACCC, gives an overview of the important work the Oncology State Societies does to empower its members around state and federal advocacy issues, and help them support cancer care delivery in their state. Join today

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