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September 25, 2019

ASCO today presented Representatives Ben Ray Luján (NM-3) and Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) with its annual Congressional Leadership Award in recognition of the lawmakers' exceptional, bipartisan commitment to supporting cancer research and treatment. The ASCO award honors Members of Congress who are leading champions for patients and survivors of cancer, their families, and their cancer care teams. 

September 25, 2019

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) presented its 2018 Advocate of the Year Award to Alexandra Thomas, MD, for her exceptional contributions and commitment to the society’s policy and advocacy efforts. As a 2017-2018 participant in ASCO’s Leadership Development Program (LDP), Dr. Thomas went above and beyond to improve research and access to treatment for people living with cancer.

July 29, 2019

In state legislatures across the United States this year, ASCO and state societies partnered to advocate for health policies to improve the cancer care delivery system and ensure patients and survivors have access to high-quality care. 

April 12, 2019

ASCO has submitted written testimony to the Texas House Committee on Insurance supporting legislation that requires health benefit plans to provide coverage for fertility preservation services to patients who will receive a medically necessary treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation. 

January 28, 2019

On January 28, the ASCO Connection published a blog by ASCO’s State Affiliate Council chair Elizabeth Blanchard, MD, detailing the cancer policy priorities ASCO’s state affiliate associations will focus on in 2019.  Many of the priorities build on the activities from the past year, including access to opioids for cancer patients, utilization management, and fertility preservation.