Make 2019 the Year of Advocacy: Meet Your Federal Representatives, Check Out the Updated ASCO Advocacy Toolkit

March 13, 2019

The 116th Congress is in full swing, and ASCO is advocating on a number of cancer-related policy priorities, including federal funding for cancer research, patient access to clinical trials, oral parity legislation, and potential barriers to care such as the high cost of cancer drug treatment, step therapy, and prior authorization policies.

ASCO members can support these advocacy efforts by engaging local lawmakers to ensure they are aware of patient access challenges, as well as legislation that can improve the delivery of the highest quality cancer care. Last year, 16 ASCO members held 19 in-district meetings with their representatives and staff.

ASCO’s Advocacy at Home program makes it easy for members to attend in-district meetings or host Members of Congress for “site visits,” to tour your practice, or center and see first-hand how cancer care is delivered in your setting. The program is available to all ASCO members, regardless of their level of familiarity with advocacy. ASCO staff will schedule meetings on members’ behalf and provide members with talking points.

To participate in ASCO’s Advocacy at Home Program, please take this survey to provide information on your legislative relationships and general availability to attend meetings.

ASCO has also launched a new and improved Advocacy Toolkit, which includes tools and resources to help ASCO members develop relationships with lawmakers. In addition to the Advocacy at Home program, the Advocacy Toolkit provides an  Advocacy 101 Guide, brief videos on best practices for grassroots advocacy, and ASCO’s ACT Network, through which ASCO members can quickly and easily engage their lawmakers on key cancer research and care issues.

If you have any questions about how to get involved in ASCO’s advocacy efforts, please email grassroots@asco.org.

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