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Coalition Letters

September 25, 2017

Cancer Leadership Council

Letter to Senator Orrin Hatch (Chairman, U.S. Senate Finance Committee), Senator Ron Wyden (Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Finance Committee) regarding comments on the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson legislation to amend the Affordable Care Act

February 29, 2016

Letter to Senator Jeff Merkley thanking him for introducing the Medical Debt Relief Act, S. 2592.  This bill would clear settled medical debt from credit reports and institute a 180-day reporting requirement for medical debt to credit agencies.

February 26, 2016

Tobacco Free Kids

Letter to Mitchell Zeller (Director, Center for Tobacco Products, U.S. Food and Drug Administration) urging the FDA to review and regulate new tobacco products, particularly those seemingly marketed to a younger audience, as required by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009.

January 29, 2016

Cancer Leadership Council

Letter to Senator Orrin Hatch (Chairman, U.S. Senate Finance Committee), Senator Ron Wyden (Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Finance Committee), Senator Johnny Isakson (Co-Chair, U.S. Senate Chronic Care Working Group), and Senator Mark Warner (Co-Chair, U.S. Senate Chronic Care Working Group) thanking them for consideration of care and payment for chronic conditions, for addressing cancer as a chronic condition, and comments on the Working Group’s policy proposals.

January 29, 2016

Cancer Leadership Council

Letter to Senator Orrin Hatch (Chairman, U.S. Senate Finance Committee), Senator Ron Wyden (Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Finance Committee), Senator Johnny Isakson (Co-Chair, U.S. Senate Chronic Care Working Group), and Senator Mark Warner (Co-Chair, U.S. Senate Chronic Care Working Group) thanking them for consideration of care and payment for chronic conditions, for addressing cancer as a chronic condition, and comments on the Working Group’s policy proposals.

January 29, 2016

Cancer Leadership Council

Letter to Senator Orrin Hatch (Chairman, U.S. Senate Finance Committee), Senator Ron Wyden (Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Finance Committee), Senator Johnny Isakson (Co-Chair, U.S. Senate Chronic Care Working Group), and Senator Mark Warner (Co-Chair, U.S. Senate Chronic Care Working Group) thanking them for consideration of care and payment for chronic conditions, for addressing cancer as a chronic condition, and comments on the Working Group’s policy proposals.

January 29, 2016

Cancer Leadership Council

Letter to Senator Orrin Hatch (Chairman, U.S. Senate Finance Committee), Senator Ron Wyden (Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Finance Committee), Senator Johnny Isakson (Co-Chair, U.S. Senate Chronic Care Working Group), and Senator Mark Warner (Co-Chair, U.S. Senate Chronic Care Working Group) thanking them for consideration of care and payment for chronic conditions, for addressing cancer as a chronic condition, and comments on the Working Group’s policy proposals.

December 4, 2015

Letter to Senator Mitch McConnell (U.S. Senate Majority Leader), Senator Harry Reid (U.S. Senate Minority Leader), Representative Paul Ryan (Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives) and Representative Nancy Pelosi (U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader) urging them to include the Protect Access to Lifesaving Screenings (PALS) Act in the budget omnibus legislation.  The PALS Act would but a moratorium on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s recommendations on mammograms, maintaining access with no cost-sharing to annual mammograms above the age of 40.

November 17, 2015

Society of Health and Physical Educators

Letter to Senator Lamar Alexander (Chairman, U.S. Senate HELP Committee), Senator Patty Murray (Ranking Member, U.S. Senate HELP Committee), Representative John Kline (Chairman, U.S. House of Representatives Education and Workforce Committee) and Representative Bobby Scott (Ranking Member, U.S. House of Representatives Education and Workforce Committee) supporting the inclusion of the Physical Education Program (PEP) in the Every Child Achieves Act.

November 17, 2015

Cancer Leadership Council

Letter to Andy Slavitt (Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) regarding the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Alternative Payment Models.  The letter urges CMS to consider, rather than over-utilization of services, targeted, proper utilization of services, and for any Alternative Payment Models to include consideration of payment for planning and coordination of care between doctors and patients.

November 9, 2015

I Am Essential

Letter to Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, regarding the Affordable Care Act’s Non-Discrimination Proposed Rule.  The letter urges HHS to more strictly define what constitutes non-discrimination in ACA plans, and to enforce the non-discrimination provisions of the Act.

November 6, 2015

Lung Cancer Alliance

Letter to Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, regarding the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s recommendation for low dose CT screening for lung cancer.  The letter supports the “B” rating, and the decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to require coverage of low dose CT screening, but urges all relevant departments to educate the public about their access to screening.

October 29, 2015

Friends of Cancer Research

Letter to Senator Lamar Alexander (Chairman, U.S. Senate HELP Committee) and Senator Patty Murray (Ranking Member, U.S. Senate HELP Committee) supporting the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf as the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

June 18, 2015

Letter to Congressman Fred Upton, Congresswoman Diana DeGette, and Congressman Frank Pallone regarding 21st Century Cures.  The letter is a thank you for including certain provisions in the legislation, particularly the NIH Innovation Fund, which will provide the NIH with $10 billion of mandatory funding over five years and will help to ensure that the current momentum in research is not hindered by potential budget limitations.

June 18, 2015

Letter to Congressman Michael Burgess and Congresswoman Diana DeGette expressing support for the Preventive Health savings Act.  This bill will expand the “scoring” window from 10 to 30 years in order to demonstrate the value of prevention and wellness-focused policies.

June 15, 2015

Patient Access to Community Treatment Coalition

Letter to Congresswoman Renee Ellmers and Congressman Steve Israel regarding support for H.R. 1416, the Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2015.  The letter thanks the members specifically commenting on the importance of the legislation as an important step in ensuring patients, especially Medicare beneficiaries, have access to community-based medical care by temporarily removing the application of the Medicare sequester cuts on Part B drugs while gathering additional research to determine sequestration’s effect on patient access.

June 12, 2015

National Council of Skin Cancer Prevention

Letter to the president of lululemon athletica regarding their reusable shopping bags.  The bags say, “Sunscreen absorbed into the skin might be worse for you than sunshine.  Get the right amount of sunshine.”  The letter asks lululemon to replace this incorrect message with something more appropriate that promotes healthy behaviors.

May 2015

Research!America

Letter in support of the five-year $10 billion NIH Innovation Fund included in the second draft of the 21st Century Cures legislation.

May 2015

National Patient Advocate Foundation

Letter to Congressman John Carney and Congressman Andy Barr thanking them for the introduction of the Medical Debt Relief Act of 2015.

May 5, 2015

ACS CAN

Letter endorsing Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act (H.R. 1070 and S. 2348).

April 28, 2015

Letter to President Obama regarding the FDA timeline to finalize the regulation to extend FDA authority over all unregulated tobacco products. Specifically, the letter communicated that the regulation needs to be quickly finalized.

April 21, 2015

Patient Access to Community Treatment Coalition

Letter to Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers expressing support for the Cancer Care Payment Reform Act of 2015.

April 2015

National Coalition for Cancer Research

Letter to Congressman Fred Upton (Chair, House Committee on Energy and Commerce) and Congresswoman Diana DeGette regarding the 21st Century Cures initiative. Specifically, the letter focuses on increased resources for NIH and FDA, surrogate endpoint qualification and utilization, expanded access, clinical research modernization and centralized IRBs, and the NIH research strategic investment plan.

April 13, 2015

American Heart Association

Letter to Members of Congress regarding support for the Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids (FIT Kids) Act which would help children obtain a head start on healthy life by providing regular, quality physical education. The letter also encourages restoration of proper funding levels to the physical education program.

April 3, 2015

Letter to House and Senate appropriators regarding FY2016 appropriations legislation. Specifically, NCCR requested at least $32 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a proportional percentage increase for the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

March 20, 2015

Letter to Members of Congress supporting the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The letter also opposes provisions within the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act (S.620/H.R.1189) that would allow employers to inquire about employees’ private genetic information or medical information unrelated to their ability to do their jobs, and penlize employees who choose to keep that information private.

March 27, 2015

Cancer Leadership Council
Letter to Congressman Fred Upton (Chairman, House Committee on Energy and Commerce) and Congresswoman Diana Degette regarding the January 2015 discussion draft “21st Century Cures Act.”

March 25, 2015

One Voice Against Cancer
Letter to Congressman Hal Rogers (Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations), Congresswoman Nita Lowey (Ranking Member, House Committee on Appropriations), Senator Thad Cochran (Senate Committee on Appropriations), and Senator Barbara Mikulski (Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Appropriations) regarding the FY 2016 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill. Specifically, the letter focuses on increased funding of $33 bilion for that National Institutes of Health including $5.4 billion for the National Cancer Institute.

March 24, 2015

One Voice Against Cancer
Letter to Congressman Fred Upton (Chairman, House Committee on Energy and Commerce) and Congresswoman Diana Degette regarding the January 2015 discussion draft “21st Century Cures Act.”

March 25, 2015

One Voice Against Cancer
Letter to Congressman Hal Rogers (Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations), Congresswoman Nita Lowey (Ranking Member, House Committee on Appropriations), Senator Thad Cochran (Senate Committee on Appropriations), and Senator Barbara Mikulski (Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Appropriations) regarding the President’s FY 2016 budget. Specifically, the letter focuses on the proposed cutes to cancer prevention and early detection programs within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

March 14, 2015

One Voice Against Cancer
Letter to Senator Dick Durbin expressing gratitude for his introduction of the American Cures Act (S. 289).

March 12, 2015

Cancer Innovation CoalitionLetter to Congressman Fred Upton (Chairman, House Committee on Energy and Commerce) and Congresswoman Diana Degette regarding the January 2015 discussion draft “21st Century Cures Act.”

March 2015

Healthcare Leadership Council
Letter to Congress urging a repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) in order to protect Medicare beneficiaries’ access to quality healthcare.

March 4, 2015

National Osteoporosis Foundation
Letter to Congress encouraging support of the Medicare Part D non-interference provision.  The letter was written in response to recent proposals to change Medicare Part D.

March 4, 2015

National Health Council
Letter to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce expressing gratitude for inclusion of the Dormant Therapies Act in the 21st Century Cures discussion draft bill.

February 25, 2015

Letter to Congress opposing H.R. 662, legislation that woudl make exempt many cigars from regulation under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The letter support the FDA retaining oversight authority over all tobacco products, including all cigars.

February 6, 2015

Urology Policy Forum
Letter to Congress regarding support for Con. Res., The Supporting Quality of Life for Prostate Cancer Patients which addresses the importance of reconstructive urological surgical treatments that utilize medical devices.

February 3, 2015

One Voice Against Cancer
Letter to Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Congressman Brian Higgins, Senator Barbara Mikulski, and Senator Benjamin Cardin regarding the Advancing Biomedical Research Act. Specifically, the letter expressed OVAC’s support for the legislation and thanked the Members for their efforts to restore investment in the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

February 3, 2015

Letter to Congressman Fred Upton regarding the 21st Century Cures legislation. Specifically, the letter encourages the committee to include the Patients’ Access to Treatment Act (PATA) language in the bill. 

February 2, 2015

Cancer Leadership Council
Letter to Margaret Hamburg (Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration) regarding FDA-2011-D-0360, Framework for Regulatory Oversight of Laboratory Developed Tests. Specifically, the letter supports the risk-based approach to the regulation of LDTs.

January 29, 2015

Letter to Francis Collins (Director, National Institutes of Health) regarding the Draft NIH Policy on the Use of a Single Institutional Review Board for Multi-Site Research. Specifically, the letter supports a single IRB in an effort to reduce duplication and inefficiency. 

January 29, 2015

Letter to Sylvia Burwell (Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) regarding the new product provisions of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act to products the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposes to deem subject to its authority. Specifically, the letter focuses on the premarket review process for new tobacco products and the importance maintaining the orignal grandfathering date of February 15, 2007.

January 28, 2015

SHAPE America

Letter to Senator Lamar Alexander and Senator Patty Murray regarding the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Specifically, the letter addresses Title IV and support the inclusion of physical education and health education as key components of the draft legislation. 

January 2015

NDD United

Letter to Congress calling for an end to sequestration that is balanced, recognizes the impacts that austerity has already had on Americans, and that ensures that any relief from sequestration is the same, dollar-for-dollar, on both the defense and non-defense portions of the budget.

January 16, 2015

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Letter to Congressman Fred Upton (Chairman, House Energy and Commerce Committee), Congressman Frank Pallone (Ranking Member, House Energy and Commerce Committee), Congressman Joe Pitts (Chairman Subcommittee on Health, Energy and Commerce Committee), Congressman Gene Green (Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Health, Energy and Commerce Committee), and Congresswoman Diana Degette (Member, House Energy and Commerce Committee) regarding the 21st Century Cures legislation and the potential inclusion of langugage to waive Medicare beneficiary coinsurance for a screening colonoscopy that involves removal of a polyp during the screening encounter.

January 12, 2015

Cancer Leadership Council 

Letter to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Regulatory Framework (B) Task Force regarding the Health Benefit Plan Network Access and Adequacy Model Act.

December 20, 2013

Alliance for a Stronger FDA

Letter to Senator Barbara Mikulski (Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations), Senator Richard Shelby (Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations), Congressman Harold Rogers (Chairman, U.S. House Committee on Appropriations), and Congresswoman Nita Lowey (Ranking Member, U.S. House Committee on Appropriations) urging Congress to make funding for the FDA a national priority.

January 3, 2014

National Coalition for Cancer Research

Comments regarding proposed rule FDA-2011-N-0898; Permanent Discontinuance or Interruption of Manufacturing of Certain Drug or Biological Products

January 6, 2014

Letter to President Obama urging him to recognize March as “National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month”

January 9, 2014

American Association for Cancer Research

Letter in support of Senator Richard Blumenthal’s S.Res. 330 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Smoking and Health Report

February 24, 2014

Biotechnology Industry Organization

Letter to Margaret A. Hamburg (Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Food and Drug Administration) regarding guidance on the naming of biosimilar products and asking the FDA to support a system of distinguishable names for all biological medicines in order to uphold the critical principles of transparency in healthcare and promote accurate physician-patient communication.

February 25, 2014

Cancer Leadership Council

Letter to Marilyn Tavenner (Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) regarding the 2015 Letter to Issuers in the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM).

March 3, 2014

Friends of Cancer Research

Letter to Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro regarding expedited approval mechanisms to speed promising drugs to patients suffering from serious illness and life-threatening diseases.

March 6, 2014

Letter to Marilyn Tavenner (Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) regarding CMS-4159-P, Contract Year 2015 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs (aka the protected classes issue)

March 7, 2014

Regulatory Education and Action for Patients

Letter to Marilyn Tavenner (Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) regarding CMS-4159-P: Medicare Program Contract Year 2015 Policy and Technical Changes to Medicare Advantage and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs

March 7, 2014

Society for Women’s Health Research

Letter to Congress urging examination of why more women and minorities aren’t involved in medical research

March 10, 2014

National Organization for Rare Disorders

Letter to Senator Ron Wyden (Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on Finance), Senator Orrin G. Hatch (Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Finance), Congressman Dave Camp (Chairman, U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means), & Congressman Sander Levin (Ranking Member, U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means) urging Congress to reconsider implications of repealing the Orphan Drug Tax Credit

March 13, 2014

Coalition for Health Funding

Letter to Senator Barbara Mikulski (Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations), Senator Richard Shelby (Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations), Congressman Harold Rogers (Chairman, U.S. House Committee on Appropriations), and Congresswoman Nita Lowey (Ranking Member, U.S. House Committee on Appropriations) urging Congress to restore the FY15 302(b) funding allocations to the Labor, HHS, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee to the FY2010 level of $163.6 billion.

March 20, 2014

Cancer Leadership Council

Letter to Senator Ron Wyden (Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on Finance) and Senator Orrin Hatch (Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Finance) commending the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014 (S. 2000)

March 25, 2014

Letter to Letter to Senator Barbara Mikulski (Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations), Senator Richard Shelby (Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations), Congressman Tom Harkin (Chairman, Labor, HHS, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee), and Congressman Jerry Moran (Ranking Member, Labor, HHS, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee) regarding the FY2015 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations funding request of $510 million to the CDC, $5.26 billion for NCI, and $251 million for nursing scholarships and loan repayment.

April 10, 2014

Cancer Leadership Council

Letter to Patrick Conway (Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality, Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation) regarding the Mitre Corporation Technical Expert Panel for Specialty Payment Models Opportunities and Design Initiative and Request for Information on Specialty Payment Model Opportunities

April 11, 2014

National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity

Letter to Senator Mark Pryor, Senator Roy Blunt, Congressman Robert Aderholt, and Congressman Sam Farr regarding concern with the inclusion of language in the Joint Explanatory Statement of the 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act that would establish a waiver approval process for the 2014-2015 school year for any local educational agency that incurs increased costs in order to comply with the updated nutrition standards for schools breakfasts and the updated standards for snack foods and beverages sold in schools.

April 17, 2014

Letter to Congressman Rodney Frelinghyusen (Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Defense) and Congressman Peter Visclosky (Ranking Member, House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Defense) regarding the FY2015 Defense Appropriations bill and support for the defense health research programs conducted within the Department of Defense (DoD).

April 18, 2014

National WIC Association

Letter regarding Congressional efforts to intervene in the process of determining what foods are provided by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

May 29, 2014

American Association for Cancer Research

Letter to Congress recognizing May as National Cancer Research Month and urging Members to fund NIH at $32 billion and NCI at $5.26 billion.

June 4, 2014

National Coalition for Cancer Research

Letter to Senator Tom Harkin (Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Labor, HHS, and Education Subcommittee) and Senator Jerry Moran (Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Labor, HHS, and Education Subcommittee) encouraging FY2015 funding levels to include $32 billion for NIH and $5.26 billion for NCI.

July 2014

Letter to Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration regarding revisions to the Nutrition and Supplement Facts labels and the Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed (RACCs) for certain food and beverage products.

July 7, 2014

Letter to Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro expressing support for H.R. 2831/S.2342 (Stop Subsidizing Childhood Obesity Act) to amend the Internal Revenue Code to remove the tax deductibility of expenses for marketing foods of poor nutritional quality to children.

July 28, 2014

“I am (still) essential” letter to HHS Secretary Burwell to reduce barriers to care in qualified health plans. This letter was signed in coalition with 333 patient groups.

July 31, 2014

Letter to FDA Administrator Dr. Margaret Hamburg regarding food labeling: Serving sizes of foods that can reasonably be consumed at one-eating occasion and food labeling: revision of the nutrition and supplemental facts labels,

August 11, 2014

Letter to Senator Susan Collins, Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Representative Tom Latham, and Representative Mike McIntyre in support of S. 2210/H.R.1783, the School Food Modernization Act.

August 2014

National Health Council

Letter to Marilyn Tavenner (Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) regarding a potential exclusion in the Open Payments Program for indirect payments to voluntary health agencies

August 29, 2014

Patient Quality of Life Coalition

Letter to Dr. Patrick Conway (Acting Director, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation) regarding the Medicare Care Choices Model

September 2, 2014

Cancer Leadership Council

Letter to Marilyn Tavenner (Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) regarding CMS-1612-P, Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule for CY2015

September 26, 2014

Letter to Tamara S. Syrek Jensen (Acting Director, Coverage and Analysis Group, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) regarding the national coverage analysis for lung cancer screening with low dose computed tomography (CAG-00439N)

October 1, 2014

Patient Access to Community Treatment Coalition

Letter to Senator Debbie Stabenow thanking her for working to advance legislation to ensure patient access to community-based care.

October 2, 2014

Cancer Leadership Council

Letter to Patrick Conway (Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality/Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) regarding the Oncology Care Model.

November 7, 2014

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Letter to the Senate Finance Committee regarding support for the “Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act.”

November 12, 2014

One Voice Against Cancer

Letter to Congressman Hal Rogers, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Senator Barbara Mikulski, and Senator Richard Shelby regarding funding for programs essential to the fight against cancer in FY 2015 appropriations.

November 17, 2014

Genetic Alliance

Letter to Sylvia Burwell (Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) regarding an extension on the Draft Guidance on Disclosing Reasonably Forseeable Risks in Research Evaluating Standards of Care.

November 20, 2014

National Coalition for Cancer Research

Letter to House and Senate appropriators regarding the FY2015 budget, particuarly for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI).

November 2014

Friends of Cancer Research

Letter to Sylvia Burwell (Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) and Margaret A. Hamburg (Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration) regarding the draft guidance entitled “Framework for Regulatory Oversight of Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs).”

December 2014

Patient Quality of Life Coalition

Letter to Marilyn Tavenner (Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) regarding CMS-1612-FC the calendar year 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule. Specifically, the coalition focused on advanced care planning CPT codes.

December 22, 2014

Regulatory Education and Action for Patients 

Letter to Sylvia Burwell (Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) regarding CMS-9944-P, Proposed Rule on Notice and Benefit of Payment Parameters for 2014. Specifically, REAP focused on essential health benefits, drug coverage, non-discrimination, transparency, and automatic re-enrollment.

December 22, 2014

Cancer Leadership Council

Letter to Sylvia Burwell (Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) regarding CMS-9944-P, Proposed Rule on Notice and Benefit of Payment Parameters for 2014. Specifically, the CLC on essential health benefits, prescription drug benefits, the exceptions process, formulary drug list transparency, prohibition on discrimination, network adequacy and cost-sharing requirements, habilitative and rehabilitative services for cancer patients, data collection, and quality improvement strategy.

December 22, 2014

Cancer Leadership Council

Letter to Sylvia Burwell (Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) regarding CMS-9944-P, Proposed Rule on Notice and Benefit of Payment Parameters for 2014. Specifically, the NHC focused on annual eligibility redeterminations, annual open enrollment period, provision of essential health benefits, collection of data to define essential health benefits, prescription drug benefits, prohibition on discrimination, cost-sharing requirements, network adequacy standards, essential community providers, plan variations, and quality improvement strategy.

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