Learn more about the legislative and congressional activities in progress to protect and increase cancer patients’ rights. Multiple organizations, including US Oncology, work closely with the state and federal governments to protect cancer care as we know it today and to increase patient’s access to the highest quality of care available. Learn more about the patient advocacy activities of the National Cancer Institute, The Center for Patient Advocacy and the National Patient Advocate Foundation.
Contact Your Elected Officials
If you don’t know your senator or representative’s telephone number in Washington, DC, you may get connected to their offices by calling: US Capitol Switchboard. The phone number for senators is (202) 224-3121. The phone number for representatives is (202) 255-3121. The Internet is another source for telephone/fax numbers, e-mail addresses, and background information, log on to Congress.gov, Senate.gov, or House.gov.
Making Effective Phone Calls
Most of the time, ‘doing’ advocacy involves little more than making a phone call to express your opinions to your legislator. Phone calls are particularly effective when they highlight a specific piece of legislation, such as insurance coverage for participants in cancer clinical trials, or minimum hospital stays after mastectomy surgery. US Oncology and other organizations are constantly monitoring federal and state level cancer-related legislation, and serve as excellent resources to help you stay informed and take action.
Writing a Letter/Sending a Fax/Sending an Email
This time-tested method of sending a written communication to your legislator remains one of the most effective ways to deliver your message to senators and representatives. What’s new, however, is that you can now deliver the message by mail, by fax or by sending an e-mail.