contact your

REPRESENTATIVES and SENATORS

STEPS TO FIND and contact your

U.S. Senator:

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Visit the Senate website www.senate.gov.

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Conduct a search using the Find Your Senators pull-down menu in the very top upper left corner.

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On the results page is a link to the Senators’ website, contact information, and links to an online contact form.

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Copy and paste the information as written or edited above in the message fields.

STEPS TO FIND and contact your

U.S. Representative:

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Visit the House of Representative website www.house.gov.

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Conduct a search using the “Find Your Representative” zip code search box in the upper right corner.

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On the results page is a photo of your Representative(s), links to the Representative’s personal website and online contact form, and a local map.

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Conduct a search using the “Find Your Representative” zip code search box in the upper right corner.

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On the results page is a link to the Representatives’ website where you can find the contact information and links to an online contact form.

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Simply copy and paste the information as written or edited below in the message fields.

 

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WHAT TO SAY to your members of Congress?

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Draft Email Template

Dear INSERT NAME

 

I write to express my support for the coverage of molecular diagnostics for all cancer patients and ask that you cosponsor RARE CANCER AWARENESS, RESEARCH and TREATMENT ACT.

 

Molecular diagnostics are an essential part of determining the form of cancer and which treatment is the best option, yet only a small percentage of cancer patients are currently offered molecular diagnostics at the time of diagnosis. Each subtype of cancer requires a targeted therapy in order to save a life or to significantly improve lifespan, and data is required for each cancer to inform where targeted therapies can be used. This data frequently lacking for rare cancers, leading to the continued use of older and frequently ineffective therapies.  The Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) only reimburses for molecular diagnostics at the time of diagnosis for a small number of cancers, yet this data is used to inform clinical care at all stages of the disease. Molecular diagnostic results are necessary to determine the correct treatment path and improve patient outcomes.

 

ADD PERSONAL STORY    

 

As a constituent who has experienced cancer first-hand, I would like to ask you to please co-sponsor the RARE CANCER AWARENESS, RESEARCH and TREATMENT ACT Act. This legislation will go a long way to ensuring cancer patients and oncologists know the enemy. This change will provide the vital molecular information oncologists need to draft a personalized treatment plan for cancer patients and can also be used to allow researchers to develop new and better treatments.

 

Thank you for your consideration. It is imperative that patients and oncologists have all the information they need when fighting cancer.  This change would directly impact my live and the lives of many others.

 

Sincerely,  

INSERT YOUR NAME 

Call Script Template

 

Hello, my name is ________ and I am a constituent calling today to ask Senator/Representative ______ cosponsor RARE CANCER AWARENESS, RESEARCH and TREATMENT ACT Act.

 
TELL YOUR PERSONAL STORY IN A FEW SENTENCES
 

This legislation will go a long way to ensuring cancer patients and oncologists know the enemy. This change will provide the vital molecular information oncologists need to draft a personalized treatment plan for cancer patients and can also be used to allow researchers to develop new and better treatments.

 

Every cancer patient deserves next generation therapies and, most importantly, a chance to survive. I urge Senator/Representative ______ to cosponsor the RARE CANCER AWARENESS, RESEARCH and TREATMENT ACT Act.

 

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