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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

Help us make a difference | 2013 Call-on Congress

The 2013 Call-on Congress will be big. Over 80 colorectal cancer advocates plan to attend. Presentations and exercises make for a full agenda. Our legislative priorities will be heard! But, what if you cannot be in Washington DC with us next week? Big news – we still NEED your help. United Behind a Cure – Call-in on March 20 Next Wednesday, Fight Colorectal Cancer will join with other colorectal cancer groups to sponsor the United Behind A Cure Congressional Call-in. While our team of advocates meet with their representatives on Capitol Hill, we need YOU to call and make your voice heard. By calling in, you magnify our message and

What will we do at the 2013 Call-on Congress?

Call-on Congress harnesses the passion of those impacted by colorectal cancer and helps them make a difference when it comes to the law. Some of us come as survivors. Others of us sign up as caregivers, widows, researchers, physicians, friends and family. (See some of the reasons the 2013 attendees signed up!) Regardless of our relationship with the disease, we all fight for the same thing:  a cure. Fight Colorectal Cancer’s 2013 Call-on Congress takes us one step further to that goal. As the 80+ attendees pack their bags this week and prepare to ascend on Capitol Hill, take a look at what’s in store for the 2013 Call-on Congress.

Come to DC for Free!

Fight Colorectal Cancer is pleased to announce that we will be providing scholarships for advocates to attend Call-on Congress 2013! Scholarship applicants must be: A voting resident in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio, or Wisconsin A colorectal cancer survivor or patient currently in treatment A first time Call-on Congress attendee “Like us” on Facebook One person from each of the target states listed above will be selected to receive a scholarship to attend Call-on Congress. The scholarships are made possible through a private donation in memory of advocate and friend Joyce Anne Ware Longfellow, who passed away earlier this year. The aim is to help survivors come to Washington, DC and make

CDC Mulls Self-Evaluation; Fight Colorectal Cancer Sends Letter of Support

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has proposed an evaluation of its federally funded Colorectal Cancer Control Program to determine whether the program does what is it supposed to do: Increase state-level colorectal cancer screening rates and other related outcomes.

Cancer Groups Weigh In on Counterfeit Drug Issue

Fight Colorectal Cancer, along with five other cancer groups, has sent a letter to Congress urging action to protect patients from counterfeit or unsafe medicines. In February 2012, vials of fake Avastin (bevacizumab) were distributed in the United States. Avastin is a critical drug for metastatic colorectal cancer patients. The fake vials did not include bevacizumab at all – which could have put patients at great risk.

TAKE ACTION: Ask Congress to Protect Funding to Fight Cancer

On July 10, more than 100 cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, researchers and physicians will unite on Capitol Hill as One Voice Against Cancer. “Prioritize and protect funding to fight cancer” will be the strong yet simple message they deliver to their lawmakers. Fight Colorectal Cancer is an active member of One Voice Against Cancer and will be represented on Capitol Hill by an outstanding team of colorectal cancer advocates, but they need your support. “I’m No Miracle” is an advertising campaign that will be launched by One Voice Against Cancer this week. Take a moment download or print the ad and email, fax or mail it to your lawmakers along

Supreme Court Ruling in Plain English

The Supreme Court has ruled that the Affordable Care Act, including its individual health insurance mandate, is constitutional. The Court did not uphold the individual mandate on the grounds that Congress can use its power to regulate commerce between the states to require everyone to buy health insurance. Rather, the Court agreed that the penalty that someone must pay if he or she refuses to buy insurance is a kind of tax that Congress can impose using its taxing power. Because the mandate survives, the Court did not need to decide what other parts of the statute were constitutional, except for a provision that requires states to comply with new

The Calls to Congress are done – for now, but Support of H.R. 4120 still needed

Seniors’ access to a screening colonoscopy is at risk and YOU can help! We need you to continue to add your voice and urge your Representative to support H.R. 4120! Simply submit an Action Alert. H.R. 4120, the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2012, will fix a regulation that requires Medicare beneficiaries to pay coinsurance when their screening colonoscopy involves the removal of a polyp. The current policy can cost patients $100 to $300 and serve as a deterrent to screening. We need cosponsors for this legislation if it is to pass into law & YOU can help!

New Jersey Congressman Donald Payne Dies of Colon Cancer

Congressman Donald Payne (D-NJ) died early this morning from colon cancer. Representative Payne announced last month that he had been diagnosed with colon cancer but expected to make a full recovery. However, last week he took a sudden turn for the worse and was flown home to New Jersey where he was placed in hospice care at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. He was 77. The first black member of Congress from New Jersey, Representative Payne served the 10th Congressional District for 23 years. He was planning to run for a twelfth term this year, vowing to run again only last month. A strong champion for human rights in

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