Help Increase Funding for the Registry Protect Access to Cellular Transplant (PACT) Act

Posted April 3rd, 2018 by Be The Match and filed in News
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Our efforts to protect access to life-saving transplant for Medicare recipients is gaining momentum. Currently we have 20 co-sponsors! This is in large part thanks to your advocacy efforts.

While we had hoped to have this legislation passed before the April rule-making decision that provides guidelines on Medicare reimbursement, we fell short of our goal, making your advocacy all the more important and urgent.

We have a new goal for the month of April. We need to add 10 new co-sponsors! To do this, we need your help. If you have already sent an email (thank you), but now it’s time to make a call. If you have used social media (thank you), well, now let’s send an email.

We make it easy to send an email, make a call or post on social media with our action form. Take a moment and try it out! 

Why is this legislation so important?
Medicare rates do not cover the total costs hospitals incur when providing a bone marrow or cord blood transplant. The financial losses incurred by transplant centers when treating Medicare patients threaten their ability to continue to provide these transplants. This problem does not exist for solid organ transplants because Medicare pays for the acquisition cost of the organs separately and at a rate based on the cost of acquiring the organs. The PACT Act would require Medicare to apply the same policy to cellular transplants as well.

Your Member of Congress could implement a solution first by co-sponsoring and then urging immediate passage of the PACT Act.

Thank you for your continued advocacy on this life-saving legislation.

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