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Congress Acts to Protect Public Health this Flu Season

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The next flu season may be months away, but Congress already acted to ensure our nation is ready. Reps. Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and Richard Neal (D-MA), as well as Sens.  Max Baucus (D- MT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced legislation which was recently enacted into law (H.R. 475) to update the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) to cover the newest flu vaccines in time for flu season, ensuring patient access to the latest therapies. Read More >

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Reimbursement Cuts Jeopardize Public Health

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Just this month physicians who administer lifesaving therapies in their offices are seeing their reimbursements cut due to the sequestration.  That’s because while some government spending was exempted from the sequestration, reimbursements under Medicare Part B were not. And yet, some continue to call for additional cuts to this important program, where some of the sickest patients receive their therapies under the administration of a physician.  Additional cuts to Medicare Part B would have a Read More >

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Celebrating the Overlooked Origin of a Miracle Vaccine

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Ever heard of Maurice Hilleman? Chances are that you haven’t, but he may be responsible for saving your life and the life of your kids and grand kids. Hilleman truly is one of the unsung heroes of the vaccines industry. He invented the measles vaccine estimated to have saved at least 100 million lives. Today, 95 percent of children in the U.S. receive the MMR — the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella invented by Read More >

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Dr. Paul Offit Asks “Do you Believe in Magic?”

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In his new book released today – Do You Believe in Magic? - Paul A. Offit, M.D., exposes the facts behind the alternative medicine ind ustry. The book details how alternative medicine-an unregulated industry under no legal obligation to prove its claims or admit its risks-can actually be harmful to public health.  Through real-life stories, Dr. Offit separates fact from fiction and provides examples of nontraditional methods that can be beneficial, in some cases exceeding therapies Read More >

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National Patient Advocate Foundation: Cancer Patients are Being Left Behind

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Roll Call published a commentary today by Nancy Davenport-Ennis of the National Patient Advocate Foundation on the effects of the sequester on cancer care. The op ed states that these ‘cuts are shown to directly impact patients through higher copayments, longer travel times and increased travel expenses, visits to multiple providers and locations for care and services, and delays seeking treatment even as cancer progresses.’  Despite these facts, some have called for even deeper cuts Read More >

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