Teal Action on Capitol Hill - March 10, 2015 – was powerful. More than 70 survivors and supporters from all over the country visited nearly 100 offices of members of either the Senate or the House of Representatives.
I had the opportunity to talk to fabulous staffers working for Senators Wyden and Merkely and for Representative Peter DeFazio from my district. Our messages were loud and clear: continued funding for the Ovarian Cancer Research Program at the Department of Defense ($20 million) and for the Ovarian Cancer Control Initiative ($7.5 million) and Johanna’s Law ($5.5 million) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as increased funding for the National Cancer institute ($5.4 billion) as part of enhanced funding for the National Institutes of Health.
We also explained the importance of passage of the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act. This legislation would require health insurance companies to cover oral chemotherapy at the same rates (e.g., same copays or percentages) as for infusion chemotherapy. Don’t just cross your fingers this all passes.
Add your voice by letting your Congressional delegation know where you stand on these appropriations and issues. And next year – consider joining an inspiring group of women and our supporters on Advocacy Day. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA) staff do an excellent job of preparing us to be effective, to feel empowered, and to have fun!