Current Legislation & Policy Proposals
Triage Cancer is engaged in the following advocacy efforts to improve the lives of people coping with cancer.
Letter to Congressional Leaders in Support of the Reducing Hereditary Cancer Act of 2021
Information About the Reducing Hereditary Cancer Act of 2021
Letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission urging enforcement of CDC moratorium
Letter to President Biden requesting COVID-19 vaccine prioritization for cancer patients
Press Release: More than 125 organizations send letter to Biden urging priority access to the COVID-19 vaccines for cancer patients and survivors
Letter to Congressional leaders in support of health coverage in COVID-19 relief package
Letter to Secretary Designee Becerra Regarding CMMI Part D Payment Modernization Models
Letter to President-Elect Biden to Address Inequity in Access to Screening and Treatment for Prostate Cancer Among Underserved and Minority Groups
Letter to House Committee on Appropriations to Request Funding for the Kidney Cancer Research Program
Letter to Urge Biden-Harris Transition Team to Prioritize Health and Healthcare
Letter to Request Funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program and Peer-Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP)
One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC) Letter to Congress to Request Funding Increases for Cancer Research and Prevention
Letter to Office of the Inspector General on Medicare Part D Copay Coupon Assistance
Letter to Congressional leaders requesting support for provisions designed to reduce barriers to accessing care.
Letter to the Office of Civil Rights at HHS requesting additional guidance on state emergency triage plans
Letter to Members of Congress in support of including bridge funding COVID-19 relief packages to resume research supported by non-profit organizations
Cancer Community Letter to Members of Congress related to fixes needed during COVID-19 Pandemic
Cancer Community Letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar related to fixes needed during COVID-19 Pandemic
Oral Health Progress and Equity Network (OPEN) Medicaid Proposals
5 COVID-19 Related Policy Recommendations
Cancer Drug Parity Act
The Cancer Drug Parity Act will reduce healthcare costs for cancer patients by requiring insurance companies to cover orally administered cancer drugs in the same way as intravenous (IV) chemotherapy.
Clinical Treatment Act (H.R. 913)
Covering Life-saving Investigations Needed in Cancer and Other Life-threatening Conditions through Timely use of Resources for Easy and Affordable Treatment from Medicaid for Enrollees in Need Today Act or the CLINICAL TREATMENT (H.R. 913)
~ASCO Letter of Support
Guarantees coverage of the routine care costs of clinical trial participation for Medicaid enrollees with a life-threatening condition. This protections exists under the ACA for private health insurance. This coverage also exists under Medicare, and military and veterans plans.
More information on H.R. 913
Clinical Treatment Act Infographic
Clinical Trials Information Letter 2020
Clinical Treatment Act Community Endorsement Letter 2020 – Senate
Henrietta Lacks Enhancing Cancer Research Act of 2019
Committed to eliminating barriers in patient access to cancer clinical trials.
Medicare Coverage of Hereditary Cancer Testing
In this letter to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), 63 organizations expressed serious concerns that the overly broad interpretation of national coverage determination for next generation sequencing will restrict patient access to medically necessary and relevant clinical tests and adversely impact cancer care and outcomes.
Medical Expense Savings Act
This act would make permanent the 7.5 percent threshold for the medical expense deduction. Tax relief in this area can provide needed resources, especially important to middle income seniors with high medical costs
Letter to the U.S. Congress
Medicare National Coverage Determinations (NCD)
The bill will aim to change the Medicare statutes to allow for germline testing of affected and unaffected carriers who meet personal and/or family history criteria (as defined by NCCN). It would also cover evidence-based increased screening and risk-reducing surgeries.
Past Legislation & Policy Proposals
Cancer Care Planning and Communications (CPPC) Act 2018
OVAC Budget Cap Letter 2019
One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC), a coalition of public interest groups representing millions of cancer researchers, physicians and nurses, patients, survivors and their families, urges congress to raise the FY 2020 budget caps for cancer research, treatment, prevention and detection.