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Meeting with Legislative Staff Members

Meeting with Legislative Staff Members

by Caitlin Leach As you prepare for your trip to Call-on Congress in Washington, make room in your luggage for your stories, your experiences and your hope for the future. Your perspectives bring legislative issues to life. Anecdotes about colorectal cancer’s impact on you and your community are essential for your representatives in Washington and their staff members to hear. Members of Congress make decisions by weighing the facts and evidence, but also based on the insights their constituents share about how policy impacts their lives. Adding your voice to the conversation is critical to successful advocacy. Meeting with Legislative Staff While you are in Washington next week, many members of

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Rep. Payne, Jr. Addresses House and Thanks Our Advocates

Today Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. stood before his colleagues and encouraged all of us in the colorectal cancer community. With his blue star pin fastened on his lapel, he honored the memory of his father, the late congressman, who passed away from colorectal cancer exactly two years ago today. Rep. Payne, Jr. thanked the President for declaring March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. He thanked his colleagues for co-signing his letter to President Obama asking for the proclamation. And then he thanked you. Our advocates. Watch the video below and be encouraged, advocates. Your work has not gone unnoticed. Rep. Payne, Jr. made sure to speak of it today.

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BREAKING NEWS: President Issues Proclamation Recognizing March 2014 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

  Today, the White House issued a signed proclamation by President Barack Obama recognizing March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Read the Official Press Release from the White House In December 2013, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) authored and sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting he issue a presidential proclamation designating March 2014 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. One-hundred and forty-six members of Congress signed onto the letter in support of Rep. Payne, Jr.’s efforts to raise awareness about colorectal cancer. It has been over a decade since colorectal cancer has had a presidential proclamation. We thank Congressman Payne for his unwavering leadership and support

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How Advocacy Helps Me Carry on the Memory

by Michell Baker At the time of my father’s diagnosis, I was living in beautiful sunny San Diego, CA without a care in the world. Life was good, so I thought……… In July of 2007, we found out our strong, sensitive, humble father had colon cancer. Just hearing the word cancer was a huge blow to the stomach, and then days later finding out that it was stage IV cancer was a complete body blow. In August, I flew home to Portland, OR for my daddy’s surgery. It removed a portion of his colon and some lesions on his liver.  The waiting room was full of family and friends to

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Seniors and the Screening Loophole

“But doctor, I thought screening for colorectal cancer was covered by Medicare!?” Our seniors are facing policy loophole that lands them with an unexpected bill. In a recent report, Colonoscopy Screening After the Affordable Care Act: Cost Barriers Persist for Medicare Beneficiaries on the colonoscopy copay issue by AARP, there continues to be a debate about what portion of a preventative service a patient should be responsible for. For our seniors, prior to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare beneficiaries typically incurred some level of cost sharing for health care services they received. For example, they were responsible for Part B premiums, Part B Deductibles, and a 20 percent coinsurance

Our Comments Regarding Tonight’s State of the Union Address

As we approach the annual State of the Union (SOTU) address by the president, we at Fight Colorectal Cancer always see this time of year as the kickoff of our community’s focus on awareness and advocacy. We see the opportunity to influence change at a national level and gear up our army of fighters for a new year. We know there are obstacles and challenges in the political process. Challenges that don’t keep us away – but instead push us to dive in deeper. As we tune in tonight to the SOTU address, we want to encourage our advocates with these thoughts: Colorectal Cancer is a non-partisan issue. Fight Colorectal

Our Request to Obama: A Presidential Proclamation for March 2014

You might remember that in December, Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) wrote a letter to President Obama asking him to issue a presidential proclamation recognizing March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Payne and 145 of our members of Congress signed on this letter to show support. This month, colorectal cancer advocates took one more step toward that goal. As a nonprofit dedicated to colon and rectal cancer advocacy, we wrote another letter to President Obama. The letter circulated throughout the colorectal cancer community and many other organizations signed-on in support. Read the letter here. It’s been over 10 years since a president has given his special recognition and recognized March

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HR 1070: Passing a bill is not for the faint of heart

The current political climate on the Hill requires persistence if we want to make change. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) seeks to improve access to colorectal cancer screening by waiving coinsurance*, copays, and deductibles for many colorectal cancer screening tests. Screening tests include colonoscopies, sigmoidoscopies and fecal occult blood tests (FOBT). This sounds simple in theory, but implementation is proving more challenging than expected. Take a few minutes today to read through why changing policy takes time, and the importance of your representatives’ support when it comes to laws that directly impact costs associated with colon and rectal cancer screening. Changing Policy Takes Persistence Fight Colorectal Cancer is actively working

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Promoting Your State Proclamation

We told the story about Pam securing her first state proclamation in West Virginia in her first blog. Now read more as she talks about how to promote the fact your state has become a Blue Star State!  By Advocate Pam Seijo, West Virginia With each additional year of survivorship, the excitement of the ask and securing a state proclamation for recognition of March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month has doubled in importance to me. I’ve learned to not hold back. I continue to fight so that one day, Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month will become a national observance. I want to let my entire state know we recognize this month

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Don’t Be Scared of Advocacy

by Advocate Josh Wimberly, Alabama Defender, supporter, champion, reformer, advisor; these are all words that one might use to describe advocacy efforts. Advocacy in its simplest form involves strategies to change or influence decisions.  It has connotations of confrontation and conflict, both of which may be true, but often it involves partnership, education, consciousness raising, and a relentless approach to developing a shared purpose between the advocate, the person or thing being advocated for, and the stakeholders involved in the decision-making process. Our Focus… For Those Whom We Advocate At Fight Colorectal Cancer, we have a stated mission to advocate for legislative priorities related to the screening, prevention, and treatment

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