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AOSW Action Network

The AOSW Action Network Blog publishes policy updates, perspectives, and advocacy stories from AOSW members. Posts reflect the opinion of the writer, not necessarily the position of AOSW.

Recent Articles

Butt Out!

Posted 15 February 2019 by Michael Grignon

Who wants to make it illegal to sell tobacco products across New York State to people under age 21?  From his recent proposed executive budget, it appears New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo does and he is not alone.

New Transparency Laws Could Help Patients Reduce Out-of-Pocket Spending

Posted 18 October 2018 by Elizabeth Franklin

President Trump recently signed two bills into law aimed at reducing patients’ out-of-pocket spending on prescription medications. The “Patient’s Right to Know Drug Prices Act” and the “Know the Lowest Price Act” address a practice known as “gag clauses.”

Advocacy 101: Just the Basics

Posted 10 October 2018 by Michael Grignon

In case you missed it, there is another election coming up.  You might be asking yourself: "Which offices are up for election?"  "Is it my Senator or Congressmember?"  "Who ARE my Senators and Congressmember?"  "Where do my representatives stand on issues important to cancer patients?"

The Business of Healthcare: One More Hat for Social Workers to Wear

Posted 14 August 2018 by Sean Powell

Healthcare is a business and it is incumbent upon oncology social workers to be knowledgeable of health business trends and aware of changes that could impact our profession and our patients. 

Call Your Congressmember... Invite them to a Cancer Event in Your Community

Posted 10 July 2018 by Michael Grignon

AOSW member Michael Grignon shares ideas for engaging elected representatives in our work. Michael serves on the AOSW Advocacy Committee.

Speak Up

Posted 8 May 2018 by Michael Grignon

AOSW member Michael Grignon shares reflections on his participation in the 2018 American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) New York State Advocacy Day.

Copayment Accumulator Programs: What's at Stake for Patients?

Posted 16 April 2018 by Elizabeth Franklin

A new type of policy has been introduced that has the potential to put cancer patients at serious financial risk. You may not have heard of copay accumulators or accumulator adjustment programs before, so this blog will provide an overview of these policies to help prepare you in case you might be at risk of facing this barrier to affordable cancer care.

New Health Care Options May Not Protect Cancer Patients and Survivors

Posted 28 February 2018 by Elizabeth Franklin

The Trump Administration has proposed several rules outlining new health insurance options that would provide lower cost insurance coverage to consumers. These plans may not comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare). While allowing patients to purchase health care coverage through the independent market, and potentially at a lower premium, may seem like a good option for some people, it ultimately allows for plans that offer lesser coverage and may put patients at great financial and physical risk.
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