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

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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Stage IV Colon Cancer Hits 35-Year-Old White House Staffer

The White House launched several messages over the past few weeks to encourage sign-ups for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The one that’s caught our eye:  news about 35-year-old Michael Robertson, deputy assistant to the president and deputy cabinet secretary, who happens to be a stage IV colorectal cancer survivor. Looks like one of the One Million Strong is working hand-in-hand with the president. National Public Radio (NPR) reports that: A White House official says in the coming days, the administration will call attention to stories like Robertson’s. While many parts of the Affordable Care Act are unpopular, this provision has broad support. The release of Robertson’s story

Update: Six States are now Blue Star States

It’s been an awesome month in colorectal cancer advocacy! Thanks to the colorectal cancer community, and especially The Colon Cancer Alliance, our Blue Star States campaign kicked off with great success in its first month! To-date, SIX states already declared March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The governor of Nebraska is on board and waiting to sign the proclamation in February. And many other states have already received requests thanks to hard-working, dedicated advocates! Here’s a quick rundown on where we stand. We’re making GREAT progress and hope to see the entire map fill up with blue stars in just a few months!   Live in one of these

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Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. Asks for Cosigners for Presidential Proclamation Request

12.11.13 Update:  THANK YOU for encouraging co-signers! We hit our goal and had 102 co-signers as of Dec. 4. See an updated list below for who signed on. Please continue your eAdvocacy and make sure to sign up for Call-on Congress! If your state isn’t in the process of becoming a Blue Star State yet, get started today! Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. is circulating a Dear Colleague letter asking for signatures from fellow representatives. A letter addressed to President Obama asks him to issue a presidential proclamation designating March 2014 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Read Rep. Payne’s Dear Colleague Letter (President Clinton first issued the national proclamation and Bush

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Pam’s Story – Securing My First State Proclamation in West Virginia

By Advocate Pam Seijo, West Virginia In 2004, the first year I went to D.C. to advocate for colorectal cancer, I was determined to make a difference and find my role. Little did I know that four years after a diagnosis of aggressive stage III rectal cancer, the thrill of being on Capitol Hill and meeting with my representatives and senators would set the tone for my fight and drive me to change the colorectal cancer world. My Congressional Representative Suggested I Get a State Proclamation After returning home from Capitol Hill, I received a call from my representative’s office, thanking me for my time and compassion, appreciative that I

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Top 10 Reasons To Attend Call-on Congress

by advocate Belle Piazza Call on Congress 2014 is just around the corner – registration is open now! Health permitting, I will be there with my two kiddos – ready to learn, ready to socialize and ready to make my voice heard! So why should YOU attend Call on Congress? Well, I’m glad you asked! I hope you’ll join us. Here’s why. #10 – Call-on  Congress is in D.C. You do realize Call-on Congress is in D.C., don’t you? Have you been to D.C.? If you haven’t toured the monuments, you simply have to go. They will educate you, inspire you and awe you. This is simply a must see

CDC: More Americans Need Colorectal Cancer Screening

Since the first day we opened our doors as an advocacy group, we have supported and advocated for Centers for Disease Control (CDC) funding. The CDC is the cornerstone of our country’s cancer prevention efforts, saving the lives of Americans and keeping a watchful eye on our country’s disparate populations. The CDC is at the front lines. CDC: A Leader in Cancer Control We see the CDC as a leader in cancer control. This group develops and implements effective, evidence-based cancer prevention programs. In the last five years, the Colorectal Cancer Prevention and Control Program (CRCCP) has increased access to screening and improved diagnostic care, case management and treatment referral

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Blue Star States – We’re Making Progress!

This month we kicked off a new campaign – Blue Star States. In partnership with The Colon Cancer Alliance, we’re encouraging grassroots advocates to get ALL 50 STATES to issue proclamations that declare March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. President Clinton issued the first Presidential proclamation in 2000 and now each year, advocates can request that national, state and city officials issue similar statements. If all 50 states become Blue Star States, policy makers across the nation will see that colorectal cancer is a national priority. Your governor should be excited to support a cause that requires nothing more than his or her signature. The proclamation will gain attention

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