At the 2019 ASCO Advocacy Summit, ASCO members from 35 states held more than 160 Congressional meetings, urging members of Congress to take action to advance policy priorities that improve patient access to cancer care, including:
At a reception on Capitol Hill, ASCO presented its Congressional Leadership Award to Reps. Ben Ray Luján (New Mexico) and Gus Bilirakis (Florida) to recognize them for their commitment to advancing policies to support research and improve the practice environment.
During a breakfast meeting at the Advocacy Summit, ASCO advocates heard from Rep. Roger Marshall, MD (Kansas). In his remarks, he said his philosophy is that the patient and physician should decide “where, when, and how” treatment is given. Advocates also heard from Rep. Angie Craig (Minnesota), who announced during the breakfast that she would sign on as a cosponsor of the CLINICAL TREATMENT Act.
ASCO also presented its Advocate of the Year Award to Alexandra Thomas, MD, for her significant advocacy work on behalf of individuals living with cancer and their cancer care teams. “Alexandra has made a tremendous commitment to advocacy over the past year,” said ASCO Government Relations Committee Chair Melissa Dillmon, MD, FASCO. “Her work to ensure that the needs of her patients—as well as all people with cancer in our country—are being met through conscientious health policy and legislation is admirable.”
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