The Planning Actively for Cancer Treatment (PACT) Act:

Providing Cancer Patients a Plan for Treatment and Survivorship

In recognition of the recent NCCS Hill Day, U.S. Reps. Lois Capps and Charles Boustany sent a letter to all of their Congressional colleagues urging them to co-sponsor the PACT Act, which provides Medicare beneficiaries with care plans. Reps. Capps and Boustany introduced the PACT Act because they recognize the importance of care plans to the 15.5 million Americans who have traveled the difficult cancer journey:

CPAT Members Advocate for the PACT Act on Capitol Hill, June 2016

“The PACT Act would help fill many of the gaps in cancer care by providing Medicare beneficiaries access to a written roadmap for treatment developed in consultation by both the patient and provider. The treatment roadmap would lay out a plan to address both the cancer and the side-effects of treatment. Care planning encourages important provider-patient discussions where shared decisions are made about how to move forward based both on medical evidence and patient wishes.”

Thanks to the NCCS advocates who visited approximately 75 Congressional offices on Hill Day and the new Dear Colleague letter, the PACT Act has momentum. Please help us continue to move the PACT Act forward now!

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About the PACT Act

Watch: The late Ellen Stovall explains why the PACT Act means so much to people with cancer.

The Planning Actively for Cancer Treatment (PACT) Act will encourage the development of a personalized cancer care plan for Medicare beneficiaries.

The PACT Act will:

  • Help cancer patients through the difficult process of cancer diagnosis, treatment choices, treatment management, and survivorship care by supplying them with a written plan or roadmap.
  • Encourage a shared decision-making process between patients and their cancer care teams.
  • Support informed decision-making as treatment choices become increasingly complex.
  • Empower the patient with tools to manage care from active treatment through long-term survivorship.
Why is a cancer plan necessary for each patient?
How does the PACT Act encourage cancer care planning?
Why is a new Medicare service necessary?
Supporting Organizations and Cancer Centers

PACT Act Sponsors Reps. Charles Boustany & Lois Capps with Ellen Stovall

PACT Act Sponsors Reps. Lois Capps & Charles Boustany with Ellen Stovall

In February, Reps. Lois Capps and Charles Boustany sent a touching letter to their Congressional colleagues about the life’s work of the late Ellen Stovall, longtime NCCS CEO. In their Dear Colleague letter, they urged other members of Congress to co-sponsor the PACT Act:
 

Most patients do not receive written plans explaining the diagnosis, prognosis, treatments and expected symptoms, leaving patients to navigate the complexities of a cancer diagnosis without guidance. As someone who battled cancer three times, Ellen understood the importance of high quality cancer care delivery and coordination.

That is why we introduced HR 2846: The Planning Actively for Cancer Treatment (PACT) Act. The PACT Act fulfills this need by providing Medicare beneficiaries access to a written roadmap for treatment developed in consultation by both the patient and provider. The treatment roadmap would lay out a plan to address both the cancer and the side-effects of treatment. Care planning encourages important provider-patient discussions where shared decisions are made about how to move forward based both on medical evidence and patient wishes.