International Myeloma Foundation
Advocacy Update | August 2020
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IMF Leads Coalition in Highlighting Cancer Drug Parity Act
On August 17. 2020, the International Myeloma Foundation led a group of advocates in sending a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar advocating for access to oral anticancer medications. The letter was in response to President Trump’s recent executive order on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access and it focuses on how improved insurance coverage of these oral drugs could help cancer patients, especially those living in rural areas. To view the letter click here.
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IMF Advocacy Reports on Executive Orders Impacting the Myeloma Community
In the last few weeks, President Trump has signed several executive orders that may have an impact on myeloma patients if the orders survive legal scrutiny. These orders address various topics, some of which include drug pricing and production, and rural access to care. To view more about these recent orders please click here.
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COVID-19 Relief Package Update
Members of both political parties have expressed a desire to pass another package addressing the economic and public health challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the desire to move forward with a package from many Members of Congress, negotiations on this matter remain stalled. Republicans and Democrats have different ideas about what the bill should contain as well as the financial impact it should have. It remains uncertain how long negotiations will take and how things will proceed.

As negotiations continue, we hope you will contact your Representatives and Senators to let them know how important access to orally administered cancer medications are right now. To let them know of your support for the Cancer Drug Parity Act, please click here. Thank you to the many advocates who have already done so!
 

Want to get involved?

Interested in learning more or taking actions about our federal and/or state priorities? Email the IMF Advocacy Team, advocacy@myeloma.org, to find out ways you can help and make your voice heard. Find us on the Twitter and Facebook! We will be sharing the latest news on legislation and policies we are tracking. And follow @Chemoparity for updates on our fight to get oral parity passed at the state and federal levels.
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