Reach Out to Your Representatives to Cosponsor Prompt Pay Solutions Bill (H.R. 800)

Created on: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

All cancer drug reimbursement from Medicare and private payers based on Average Sales Price (ASP) is artificially reduced by the inclusion of manufacturer-to-distributor prompt payment discounts in the calculation of ASP. If you want to correct this problem straining the cancer delivery system, reach out to your Representatives to ask them to cosponsor House bill H.R. 800. This legislation, introduced by Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and 31 Republican and Democrat colleagues, eliminates prompt pay discounts from the ASP calculation.

Want to increase drug reimbursement to more appropriate rates? Then, help build up congressional support for H.R. 800.

Here’s What to Do

First, identify all the Representatives in your state in districts from where you have patients, not just the district where your clinic is located. If you need help, go to the COA website and use the Legislative Action Center (blue bar to the right of Thoughts from COA) to enter zip codes.

Second, contact you Representatives directly, or via staff, to ask them to sponsor H.R. 800. If you don’t have a good contact, click here for a list of health legislative staff listed by Representative. The list is sorted by state and then by Representative last name. The staff email addresses are linked to generate an email if you click on it.

Make a call or send an initial email. Below we have included an email template that you can customize by inserting information about your practice and patients.

Third, follow-up until they cosponsor. If you need additional information on H.R. 800 click here for a one-pager that you can send or speak from in talking about the bill. By the way, click here for a copy of H.R. 800.

Check back here for a list of the cosponsors, which we will update periodically. Here is a list of the 31 original cosponsors who supported Congressman Whitfield in introducing H.R. 800.

Rep. Green, Gene [D-TX-29]

 

Rep. Nunes, Devin [R-CA-22

 

Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3]

 

Rep. DeGette, Diana [D-CO-1]

 

Rep. Griffith, H. Morgan [R-VA-9]

 

Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7]

 

Rep. Rogers, Mike J. [R-MI-8]

 

Rep. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA-6]

 

Rep. Braley, Bruce L. [D-IA-1]

 

Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-32]

 

Rep. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN-7]

 

Rep. Shimkus, John [R-IL-15]

 

Rep. Walden, Greg [R-OR-2]

 

Rep. Himes, James A. [D-CT-4]

 

Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2]

 

Rep. Hall, Ralph M. [R-TX-4]

 

Rep. Tiberi, Patrick J. [R-OH-12]

 

Rep. Olson, Pete [R-TX-22]

 

Rep. Webster, Daniel [R-FL-10]

 

Rep. Courtney, Joe [D-CT-2]

 

Rep. Holt, Rush [D-NJ-12]

 

Rep. Thompson, Bennie G. [D-MS-2]

 

Rep. Sanchez, Linda T. [D-CA-38]

 

Rep. Capps, Lois [D-CA-24]

 

Rep. Bishop, Timothy H. [D-NY-1]

 

Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20]

 

Rep. Gingrey, Phil [R-GA-11]

 

Rep. Flores, Bill [R-TX-17]

 

Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26]

 

Rep. Clay, Wm. Lacy [D-MO-1]

 

Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]

 

Please thank your Representatives who have already cosponsored H.R. 800.

If you have any questions, or have any feedback, please contact Ted Okon at tokon@COAcancer.org.

Email Template for H.R. 800

Dear [NAME]:

I am asking [Congressman/woman NAME] to please sponsor H.R. 800, legislation that would fix a problem that artificially reduces all cancer drug reimbursement based on Average Sales Price (ASP). This includes Medicare as well as most private insurance payments for cancer drugs based on ASP. H.R. 800, which was introduced by Congressman Ed Whitfield and 31 cosponsors from both sides of the aisle, simply takes manufacturer-to-distributor prompt payment discounts out of the calculation of ASP.

Community cancer clinics are under enormous pressure due to Medicare payment cuts to cancer care. The instability of our cancer care delivery system is documented by clinic closings, drug shortages, and consolidation leading to higher costs for Medicare and seniors fighting cancer.  H.R. 800 is a step in the right direction to reverse this national crisis.

Please support cancer care in your district by cosponsoring H.R. 800. Contact Taylor Booth in Congressman Whitfield’s office or Nathaniel Tipton in the office of Congressman Gene Green to cosponsor.



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