Senate Passes 21st Century Cures Act
On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, the U.S. Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act. This decision comes on the heels of an overwhelming majority vote in the House of Representatives last month. The legislation aims to increase funding for cancer research, the National Institute of Health (NIH), and the Cancer Moonshot, among other health priorities.
December 09, 2016
Oncology Nurses’ Role in Politics and Policy in the New Administration
The 2016 presidential race was one for the record books. This cycle saw two diametrically opposed candidates, in both style and ideology. They each represented a large segment of the American electorate and wanted to take the country in very different directions. But now it is over, and we can all go back to other endeavors. Right?
December 06, 2016
HHS Requires More Information on Clinical Trials to Be Public
In a move to make government sponsored clinical trials publicly known and easily found, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new process for submitting and releasing clinical trials on the government's new clinical trials website.
October 06, 2016
DEA Denies Federal Legalization of Marijuana
There are currently 25 states, along with Washington, DC, that have passed legislation allowing the prescription of medical marijuana to patients with certain diseases. Throughout the country there have been pushes—both for and against—for a federal law supporting the use of medical marijuana. In mid-July, the Obama administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hinted that it might support a federal law allowing for the use of medical marijuana.
August 18, 2016
Cancer healthcare advocacy
Nurse Involvement in Grassroots Organizations Leads to Healthcare Reform
Reforming health care toward a system that is equitable and sustainable is a priority in national policy. Legislators on Capitol Hill determine healthcare funding priorities, which are key to reform. Nurses need to be part of the conversation for positive change and innovation.
March 01, 2016
Cancer health policy
Congress Passes 2016 Budget With Several Increases to Health and Cancer Spending
In a bipartisan move, Congress successfully passed the $1.15 trillion omnibus spending bill on December 18, 2015 along with a $680 billion tax package to finalize their 2016 budget, which will fund the government until September 30, 2016.
January 04, 2016