Thank you for taking an interest in our yearly proclamation drive to raise awareness of myeloma. This is a first step in the process. Our goal is to draw attention to larger pieces of legislation, like oral parity bills, at the state and federal level to help patients access the treatments they need. The relationships advocates form with their representatives while working on proclamations is a great way to move these important efforts forward in the future.
Because of your hard work to raise awareness, IMF Advocacy made record progress in advancing the priorities of myeloma patients in the 115th Congress (2017-2018). Your efforts resulted in myeloma researchers becoming eligible to receive Department of Defense research dollars and oral parity legislation (which would help patients access their oral chemotherapy drugs) reaching a record number of supporters!
With the start of the 116th (2019-2020) Congress, we begin our efforts again. All bills must be reintroduced, and support must be reestablished. As we prepare for the reintroduction of these important initiatives to help patients, we ask for your help in advance. Please sign up for our advocacy newsletter and alerts. We will keep you updated as things progress and reach out to you as items come in, we need your help with.
Senior Director, Public Policy and Advocacy