On Thursday, March 11, President Biden signed a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package into law. The legislation, known as the American Rescue Plan, allocates money for vaccines, schools, small businesses and anti-poverty programs such as an expanded child tax credit that would mean new monthly payments to many parents.
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The latest issue of JCO Oncology Practice features a new Special Series of articles examining the disparities and barriers faced in cancer care. The articles detail challenges experienced by people of different cultures, backgrounds, ages, and socioeconomic factors, and provides a framework for addressing disparities in underserved communities.
The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), as part of the Cancer Leadership Council (CLC), sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) offering the group’s perspective on progress to date in the effort to vaccinate people with cancer and other serious health concerns against COVID-19.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will hold physicians harmless from Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) penalties due to the significant disruptions the COVID-19 public health emergency placed on physician practices’ performance in 2020.
President Biden signed an Executive Order (EO) calling for a 100-day review of the United States’ (U.S.) pharmaceutical supply chains in an effort to create more resilient and secure access to essential pharmaceuticals while reducing over reliance on foreign competitors. This EO is driven largely by the personal protective equipment and ventilator shortages healthcare workers experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as other critical supply shortages in non-healthcare sectors.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Road to Recovery Report: Learning from the COVID-19 Experience to Improve Clinical Research and Cancer Care, among other recommendations, calls for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a special enrollment period on the federal health insurance exchange, abandon plans that limit access to healthcare, and enact policies that enhance access to care for patients with cancer. ASCO applauds the Biden administration for its recent actions supporting policies that aim to promote and protect access to high-quality, equitable cancer care, as outlined in the “Road to Recovery” report.
In the midst of growing concerns that patients with cancer have limited access to the COVID-19 vaccines, the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, today issued a joint letter to every state governor in the United States urging them to prioritize patients with cancer in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in accordance with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
President Biden signed an executive order (EO) that will reopen HealthCare.gov—the federal health insurance exchange—for a special, three-month enrollment period starting on February 15, 2021. The Association for Clinical Oncology (the Association) applauds this decision, which was a recommendation in American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (the Society) Road to Recovery Report: Learning from the COVID-19 Experience to Improve Clinical Research and Cancer Care. Reopening the federal health insurance exchange will help provide coverage to the millions of Americans who have lost their health insurance amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
On January 7, 2021, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar extended the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) declaration for an additional 90 days, effective January 21.
The Association for Clinical Oncology responded to two requests for information from the Department of Health and Human Services. One Request for Information sought stakeholder feedback and recommendations on which of the temporary regulatory flexibilities instituted during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) should be extended beyond the PHE. The other asked for information on leveraging novel technologies to manage chronic diseases in aging populations living in underserved areas.