"The voice for cancer physicians and their patients in Massachusetts."

Advocacy 

MSCO continuously contacts legislators, provides comments to policy makers and collaborates with payers on issues of concern to those delivering care to cancer patients.  The Society's affiliation with national advocacy groups allows us to bring our local issues to a wider forum and benefit from the resources of these organizations.

Navigate to our memberships only section for the most recent legislative updates and MSCO's advocacy efforts. 

ASCO in Action

As we begin the second session of the 117th Congress, it is vital that you engage with your lawmakers to ask them to help advance priority issues for the cancer care community.

To view ASCO's latest news and analysis related to policy issues, please go to ASCO IN ACTIONUse ASCO's Advocacy at Home Program Network to easily contact your elected officials on important policy issues impacting cancer care. Also, explore ASCO’s bill trackerwhich updates in real time, to view action in your state and across the country.

Upcoming events

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Current issues

Call to action: Unnecessary care delays due to prior authorization

  • Members of the Regulatory Relief Coalition, including the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), participated in a week of action to call on Congress to pass the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act (H.R. 3173/S. 3018). The bipartisan legislation would help protect patients from unnecessary care delays by streamlining and standardizing the prior authorization process under the Medicare Advantage program. More than 450 organizations currently endorse the bill.

    Please encourage your members to join the broader health care community and tell Congress that patients must come first. Use the ACT Network to ask your lawmakers to support the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act.

CAll to Action: Survey on Step Therapy Laws

  • As part of the State Access to Innovative Medicine (SAIM) Coalition, the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) works with two dozen patient, provider, and industry groups to enact step therapy legislation across the states. To improve existing laws and to enact laws in states without any protections, the coalition is commissioning a survey in the hopes of collecting success stories of patients that have been able to remain on medications due to a step therapy protection law in their state. One of the best ways to make our case to lawmakers is showing examples from other states where a patient protection law is working as intended.

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