Oncologists Continue Advocacy Efforts During Congressional Recess

September 14, 2021

This summer, members of the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) continued to push forward oncology-focused advocacy priorities by meeting with their Member of Congress or congressional staff during the congressional recess, or district work period.

The district work period is a time when Members of Congress leave Capitol Hill to engage with constituents in the districts they represent. While Washington, D.C., is quiet during this period, ASCO members annually take this opportunity to form stronger connections with their representatives back at home.

This year, many ASCO members held meetings with their representatives to discuss expanding access to high-quality, equitable cancer care and improving telehealth services by urging support of the CONNECT for Health Act (H.R. 2903/S. 1512). ASCO advocates also  discussed two pieces of legislation that are intended to improve access to the highest quality of care available: the Safe Step Act (H.R. 2163/S. 464) and the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act (H.R. 3173). ASCO Members additionally continued to ask representatives to support funding for research by increasing funding for the NIH and NCI, and by supporting the Research Investment to Spark the Economy (RISE) Act (H.R. 269/S. 289).  

Active advocacy by ASCO members is critical to move legislation forward that impacts oncology care, survivorship, and research. Learn how you can become an advocate by visiting the ASCO ACT Network.   

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