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Below you will find a description of each bill currently being followed by the Legislative Committee, as well as, the most up-to-date information regarding where the bill is in the legislative process. At the bottom of the page there are links to the past few legislative reports which include new sections: "What's Up In Washington?" and "Only in Ohio." These sections are meant to provide members with more detailed information about different Federal and State topics each month that are pertinent to Oncology patients or the nursing profession. Check them out!

Descriptions & Details of Legislation


S 204: Right to Try Act of 2017

  • This bill requires the federal government to allow unrestricted manufacturing, distribution, prescribing, and dispensing of experimental drugs, biological products, and medical devices that are: (1) intended to treat a patient who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and (2) authorized by state law. The federal government must allow unrestricted possession and use of such treatments by patients certified by a physician as having exhausted all other treatment options. Introduced 1/24/17 and passed the Senate on 8/3/17. The bill will now be considered in the House. (Jen Guy)

HR 1017/S 479: Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2017

  • Colonoscopy exams are currently covered under Medicare as a cancer screening test, however if a polyp is noted on exam and removed, the test is no longer considered a screening procedure and becomes billed as diagnostic. This “diagnostic” procedure is not covered by Medicare. This bill would amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to waive coinsurance under Medicare for colorectal cancer screening tests, regardless of whether therapeutic intervention is required during the screening. Introduced 2/13/17 in House and assigned to House Energy and Commerce and House Ways and Means Committees. On 2/17/17 the House Energy and Commerce Committee referred the bill to the subcommittee on Health. Identical bill (S 479) introduced in Senate on 3/1/17 and referred to the Senate Finance Committee. (Sarah Kincaid)

HR 1298: CT Colonography Screening for Colorectal Cancer Act of 2017

  • CT colonography is a method for detecting colorectal cancer listed in the screening guidelines of many organizations including the American Cancer Society (ACS), the US Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer, the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). Thus, CT scans should be covered under Medicare as a screening test. This bill would amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to cover screening computed tomography colonography as a colorectal cancer screening test under the Medicare program. Introduced 3/1/17 and assigned to House Energy and Commerce and House Ways and Means committees. House Energy and Commerce committee referred bill to subcommittee on Health. (Amy Tootle)

HR 1409: Cancer Drug Parity Act

  • Oral and patient-administered chemotherapies are becoming a standard of care for many types of cancer. However, these therapies are often not covered at the same patient out-of-pocket cost by insurance providers thus forcing many patients to choose between their financial and physical well-being.This legislation would reduce the high cost burden on patients by seeking to provide parity in insurance coverage between oral, self-administered, and IV cancer treatments. Introduced 3/7/17 and assigned to House Energy and Commerce committee. No new updates. (Greg Goodman)

S 693/HR 1676: Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA)

  • This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide support for Palliative Care and Hospice Education Centers. These centers must improve the training of health professionals in palliative care and establish traineeships for individuals preparing for advanced education nursing degrees, social work degrees, or advanced degrees in physician assistant studies in palliative care. Identical bills introduced 3/22/17 in both House and Senate. Referred to Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee - further referred to subcommittee on Health. (Alana Wagner)

○     Side Note: A similar bill with same title (S. 2748) was introduced last year and was one of the bills ONS had everyone attending ONS Capitol Hill Days speak in support of during meetings with Senators for our day on the Hill.

S 463/HR 1834: Cancer Care Payment Reform Act of 2017

  • This bill amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to establish the Oncology Medical Home Demonstration Project, through which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) shall make special payments to participating oncology practices that coordinate patient care and meet other specified requirements. CMS shall assess the performance of each participating oncology practice annually. Introduced 2/28/17 in the Senate and referred to the Senate Finance Committee. An identical bill (HR 1834) was introduced 3/30/17 and referred to the House Energy and Commerce and House Ways and Means committees. (Liz Pearson)



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January 2018 Legislative Report.pdf
460k StephanieDaniel 1/22/18  
October 2017 Legislative Report.pdf
456k StephanieDaniel 11/8/17  
September 2017 Legislative Report.pdf
452k StephanieDaniel 10/19/17