Fight Sequestration


It's very simple -- If you want to stop the sequester cut to cancer drugs, you need to deliver a simple message to your Representatives: Help Stop the Sequester Cut to Cancer Drugs -- COSPONSOR H.R. 1416 for CANCER CARE.

H.R. 1416 instructs CMS to stop applying the sequester cut to payments for cancer drugs and other Part B therapy. Reach out to all of the Representatives covered by your practice, including where you have clinics and from where you treat patients. Members of the practice team need to contact members of the House and their staff, starting with the health legislative staff. It is important they understand the issues.

Here are simple instructions for you and your practice to participate in a Virtual Capitol Hill Day on both May 7 and 8, 2014. It will tell you how to engage your Representatives.

Click here to access general talking points about the sequester problem and the solution in H.R. 1416. You can use this in talking with health legislaive staff and send it as follow-up.

Click here to access H.R. 1416.

Suggestions for Asking Representatives to COSPONSOR H.R. 1416 to Stop the Sequester Cut to Cancer Drugs

  • If you have a good contact in the office, either the Representastive directly or a staff person, contact them. Use the talking points referenced above. If you are unsure of all the Representatives of patients treated in your practice go to the COA look-up tool here.
  • Use the list here to find the phone number and email address of each staffer. Remember to attach the one-pager provided above.
  • Don't inundate the health staff with calls and emails -- educate them and strike up a relationship. They are there to help.
  • Start with the DC offices but it is always a good idea to reach out to the local offices of your Representatives.

Involving the Community in Outreach to Representatives

To involve your staff, patients, and the community in general outreach to their Representatives, here are some materials:

Here is a sample letter that you can provide to staff, patients, etc. to inform them of the problem, solution, and how they can help.

Here is a staff/patient information piece to accompany the letter that explains the issue and how to reach out via calls and emails to Representatives' offices. Remember to fill in the list of Representatives with both DC and district phone numbers.

Here is the email tool that they can use to send emails to their Representatives as already written or that can be edited.

Contact Ted Okon at with any questions.


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