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Delays in VA Affect Colon and Rectal Cancer Patients

Delays in VA Affect Colon and Rectal Cancer Patients

by Emily White, Advocacy Manager THE ISSUE - THE VA SCANDAL In May 2014, watchdog media released information regarding extreme negligence within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The scandal broke national headlines after information regarding secret lists and delayed care within Arizona’s VA system was released. An article published by NBC on May 9 stated, “Hospital whistleblowers have said that administrators at the Phoenix facility, trying to improve their performance record, ordered that thousands of appointment requests be diverted to a secret, unofficial list of veterans awaiting appointments. If the patients died, their names would simply disappear, the whistleblower said.”[1] Read the NBC article DELAYS IN VA GO FAR BEYOND ARIZONA

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

House Approves Colorectal Cancer Research Funding for Fiscal Year 2012

This afternoon, by a vote of 336-87, the House passed the Fiscal Year 2012 Department of Defense Appropriations bill (H.R. 2219). The bill includes funding for critical national security needs while also providing essential funding for health and quality of life programs for the men and women of the Armed Services and their families. The final bill includes more than $223 million for cancer research, including $12.8 million for the Department of Defense’s Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) that funds colorectal cancer research.

Full House to Vote on Colorectal Cancer Research Funding Next Week

This week the House Appropriations Committee approved $223 million for cancer research, including $12.8 million for the Department of Defense’s Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) that funds colorectal cancer research. Next week, the full House will consider the bill. During consideration of the bill by the full House, there may be amendments offered to eliminate or reduce this important funding. Keep reading for more information on why the PRCRP funding is important and what you can do to help ensure the funding stays in the fiscal year 2012 defense appropriations bill.

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