On July 19, the House Appropriations Committee voted to advance legislation to provide a $1.1 billion increase to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Given the funding environment on Capitol Hill, it’s unlikely the appropriations bill passed by the Committee will be signed into law-as is.
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In an effort to help the oncology community understand the specific provisions of healthcare reform legislation, ASCO has developed a side-by-side comparison of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the two bills currently moving through Congress that aim to repeal and at least partly replace the law. ASCO filtered its comparison through the lens of the society’s principles for healthcare reform.
“On June 13, the delegates of the American Medical Association (AMA) voted for Barbara McAneny, MD, FASCO, MACP, as the organization’s President-elect, making her the first oncologist elected to serve in this important leadership position. In our national dialogue on access to health care, patients with cancer often highlight the broader challenges facing the entire system. The awareness Dr. McAneny brings, as an oncologist at the helm of the largest physician association, will benefit patients and providers broadly. On behalf of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), I offer my congratulations to my friend and colleague, Dr. McAneny."
On June 13, the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) held a hearing on how the drug delivery system affects what patients pay for prescription drugs. The hearing explored an array of pricing issues, including the role of pharmacy benefit managers and insurers, the potential of value-based purchasing, and the pricing practices of drugmakers.
ASCO has joined a coalition of more than a dozen specialty societies in supporting an effort in the U.S. House of Representatives to relieve the significant administrative burdens and financial penalties slated to be imposed on physicians in 2018 as part of the Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS)—due to be released this summer. ASCO is concerned about the impact these burdens could have on patient care since oncologists would have to juggle the requirements of multiple Medicare quality improvement programs in addition to time spent providing patient care.
On May 4, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1628, the "American Health Care Act" (AHCA), in a 217-213 vote. The bill would repeal and at least partly replace the Affordable Care Act if signed into law.
Congress announced a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in their Fiscal Year 2017 omnibus appropriations bill.
ASCO recently joined more than 180 patient and provider advocacy groups in signing a letter to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), urging the congressional advisory group to reconsider proposed changes to Medicare Part B drug reimbursement.
ASCO has announced that Alexander Chin, MD, MBA, and Joanna C. Yang, MD, have been selected for the 2017-2018 ASCO Health Policy Fellowship program, now entering its second year.
On Friday, March 24, the U.S. House of Representatives withdrew H.R. 1628, the "American Health Care Act" (AHCA), which would have repealed and partly replaced the Affordable Care Act (ACA). House Members were unable to come to an agreement on enough key details to pass the bill.
We soundly oppose President Trump’s budget outline, which would cut $6 billion from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Reducing NIH’s funding by nearly 20 percent will devastate our nation’s already fragile federal research infrastructure and undercut a longstanding commitment to biomedical science that has fueled advances in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) will release The State of Cancer Care in America: 2017 at a briefing on Capitol Hill on March 22. The report examines the current landscape of the cancer care delivery system in the United States, and outlines key opportunities and challenges facing cancer care providers and patients today.
On March 06, 2017, the United States House of Representatives released the American Healthcare Act, a bill to repeal and partly replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
On March 1, ASCO joined many national, state, and local organizations led by NDD United in sending a letter to Congress urging legislators to avoid making further reductions to nondefense discretionary or “NDD” government programs. NDD United formed in 2012 in response to the Budget Control Act of 2011, which established automatic across-the-board cuts to NDD programs. These NDD programs include medical research, public health, and other key programs critical to patients with cancer.
On Feb. 15, 2017, ASCO leadership and members of the ASCO Government Relations Committee (GRC) met with key federal agency and congressional committee staff to discuss ASCO's top policy priorities. Discussions focused on federal efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and the 21st Century Cures Act, among other matters.