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Top 10 Reasons To Attend Call-on Congress

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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What the Government Shutdown Means for Colorectal Cancer

After 15 days, most of us have seen at least one way the government shutdown is impacting our country. Some have friends and family members on furlough who’ve finally had time to paint their bathrooms. Others’ vacation plans are ruined since national monuments and parks are closed. But the ripples of the shutdown go beyond closings, halted jobs and a growing annoyance with our country’s leaders. The shutdown is impacting cancer patients and researchers across the globe and hope for a cure. The Government and Cancer Research Last week the Washington Post ran a front-page story about a beautiful young mom whose treatment for sarcoma is halted because of the

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How the Affordable Care Act Affects Colorectal Cancer

As a colorectal cancer survivor, advocate, caregiver, or family member, it is important that you understand how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will affect access to screening. The ACA extends not only to the health insurance industry, but also to prevention and wellness programs throughout the country. Both the expansion of health coverage and the funding of prevention programs have potential to affect significantly the screening and treatment of colorectal cancer. At Fight Colorectal Cancer, we believe that colorectal cancer is a national priority, and screening access should reflect that. Expanded Coverage Currently, lack of health insurance among the adult population is a key reason that just over half of

Health Insurance Marketplace – Now Open

Today marks a historical event that we’ve been anticipating for quite some time—the opening of the Health Insurance Marketplace. Since this method of buying health insurance is totally new for those in the United States, it isn’t surprising that there are a lot of questions and misconceptions about how the Affordable Care Act will affect you personally. As a member of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Champions for Coverage program, Fight Colorectal Cancer seeks to provide you with accurate information about enrolling in the Marketplace. CMS is encouraging you to take your time in enrolling. Make sure to research your options and choose a plan that is

Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. Champions Colorectal Cancer

With teary eyes, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. told the story of losing his father, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Sr., to colon cancer in 2012.  Although Payne mourns the loss of his father, he’s taken up his charge and furthers his legacy through supporting colorectal cancer patients and initiatives on the Hill. We were honored to meet with Rep. Payne, Jr. at the 2013 Call-on Congress. Watch his story and hear his encouragement to our advocates. Oh – and hit SHARE to encourage others & spread the word! Ready to use your voice to make colorectal cancer a national priority? As Congressman Payne, Jr. recommends, face-to-face contact with elected officials

Don’t confuse bargain shopping with saving lives!

FIGHT COLORECTAL CANCER RESPONSE TO NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE (6/03/2013): Fight Colorectal Cancer applauds the New York Times for shedding light on how revenue is generated by medical practices. Importantly however, the crux of the issue is not the use or overuse of colonoscopies and the variance in pricing. Rather, the main problem to be fixed in the United States is a broken fee-reimbursement structure that puts pressure on local practices and hospitals to inflate the price of reliable and needed services, like colonoscopies, to compensate for under-reimbursement for other medical services. It is unfortunate that colorectal cancer screening is used in this article as a primary example of failure

ACA Mandates Insurance Coverage for Clinical Trials

By January 1, all insurers will be required to cover routine care for patients enrolled in clinical trials. (Typically any experimental care is provided at no cost to the patient.) “This should be seen as a step forward for the U.S. oncology community,” wrote Dr. Y-Ning Wong in the ASCO Daily News from the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s meeting in Chicago. “However, patients and providers must remain vigilant about the law’s implementation.” Currently there is a patchwork of state laws; as of January  2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) creates a federally required minimum that all private insurers must cover at least the usual care when patients enroll in a

What’s Happening on Capitol Hill? May 2013 Update

Dear Advocates, Your efforts are making an impact. Every time you exercise your right as a US citizen to communicate with Congress, you are changing the landscape for colorectal cancer patients. We applaud you for your passion and advocacy. Has Your Representative Cosponsored H.R. 1070? ACTION REQUESTED Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) introduced on March 15 the “Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act,” (H.R. 1070).The bill would waive Medicare beneficiary coinsurance for colorectal cancer screening colonoscopy when a polyp is removed.  As of May 16, the bill had 28 cosponsors. To find out if your representative has cosponsored H.R. 1070 go to www.thomas.gov and search by bill number.  If your

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