From time to time ASH will call on its members to reach out to Congress on issues of importance to hematologists and their patients. Below is a list of current issues of importance.
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- Urge Your Members of Congress to Support Medical Research Funding
Congress has turned its attention to the FY 2017 budget process following the release of the Obama Administration’s proposed budget in February. Though the President’s proposal seeks $33.1 billion overall for NIH, a 2.5 percent increase over FY 2016, much of the sought increase would be in the form of mandatory funding earmarked for specific projects such as the National Cancer Moonshot being led by Vice President Biden, leaving the base budget for NIH at FY 2016 levels. And, although NIH received a substantial increase in funding for the current fiscal year, lawmakers need to recognize the value of biomedical research by maintaining the investment in the NIH.
- Urge Your Senators and Representative to Support the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act
Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House
of Representatives and U.S. Senate that would ensure that patients enrolled in
certain federally regulated health plans have access and insurance coverage for
all anti-cancer regimens.