The Planning Actively for Cancer Treatment (PACT) Act
This year, more than one and half million people in the United States will hear the words “you have cancer.” From the moment of diagnosis, patients and their health care providers must make serious, life-changing decisions. Unfortunately, the current cancer care system does not help or encourage patients and providers in having these important discussions about care. Moreover, it doesn’t provide sensible approaches to make sure that the care a patient receives is coordinated among offices and specialists. These gaps have serious consequences for patients and their families.
A solution to this problem is to give both patients and health care providers the resources they need to make sure a clear cancer care plan is created. From the moment of diagnosis and through all aspects of cancer-related care, a thorough care plan guides patients and providers through treatment and beyond.
The Planning Actively for Cancer Treatment (PACT) Act will ensure that every Medicare-eligible cancer patient has access to cancer care planning and coordination to improve patient health and reduce inefficiencies in the system.
We’ve long-advocated for this crucial need for people facing cancer. The reason that now is the time to act is that the PACT Act is consistent with ongoing efforts to improve the coordination of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries. As the health care system is experiencing major changes, this legislation responds to individual health care needs as well as to the needs of the entire system.
Tips for Calling Your Representative
Members of Congress need to hear from constituents that cancer care planning is a priority. Calling your elected officials is easy and an important way to exercise your right as a citizen. Remember that it is your elected official’s job – and his/her staff members– to listen to you, as a constituent! Some tips for the call:
- Ask for the staff member who covers health issues.
- Mention your connection to cancer, as a survivor, caregiver, provider, family member, etc.
- Stress the importance of cancer care planning and coordination
- Care planning encourages important doctor-patient discussions and a shared decision-making process.
- Without a care plan, patients must navigate the complexities of a cancer diagnosis on their own.
- The Planning Actively for Cancer Treatment (PACT) Act will ensure that every Medicare-eligible cancer patient has access to cancer care planning and coordination, which will improve cancer care and reduce inefficiencies in the system.
- If appropriate, share your experience with cancer care planning. If you received a care plan, how did it help you? If you did not receive a care plan, how might it have helped you?
- Ask your Representative to please co-sponsor the bipartisan Planning Actively for Cancer Treatment Act.
Need help finding the contact information for your Representative? Use this link.
For More Information
- Click here for a list of organizations and institutions that endorse the PACT Act.
You can join us and become an advocate. Download the PACT Act overview for more information. Contact your elected officials and let them know that you support quality cancer care, and don’t forget to show your support on social media, too!