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Advocacy > ALERT:  Letter to Senator regarding CMS cuts

Last update: 11/29/2007

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Dear Senator,

I am a patient with lymphoma [or caregiver, or friend, or loved one of a person diagnosed with lymphoma]. 

I am contacting you regarding a CMS ruling that will have a devastating effect on the survival of patients with lymphomas.  The ruling is contained in CMS-1392-FC as it relates to Bexxar and Zevalin.

It is now obvious that CMS erred in its method and classifications when it set the rates for these drugs, and that if the ruling is allowed to take effect on January 1, that patients will lose an invaluable treatment option. Many renowned lymphoma experts have written that the ruling will limit or deny patient access to these highly effective treatments.  The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Lymphoma Research Foundation, The American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Clinical Oncologists have also stated publicly that this ruling will limit or deny patient access.  

I urge you to restore the reimbursement rates for 2007 during 2008 in order to give patients continued access to these much needed drugs and to allow CMS the time to collect fair and accurate data on which to sets the rates for 2009.

I – and the patients who needs these drugs, now and in the future – urge you to act swiftly, before this ruling takes effect on January 1, 2008.


[Your name, title if desired]


Majority Members


Max Baucus (D-MT)

                         Website contact form: http://baucus.senate.gov/contact/emailForm.cfm?subj=issue


John D. “Jay”Rockerfeller IV (D-WV)

                         Website contact form: http://rockefeller.senate.gov/services/email.cfm


Kent Conrad (D-ND)

                        Website Contact form:https://conrad.senate.gov/contact/webform.cfm


Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)

                        Website Contact Form: http://bingaman.senate.gov/contact/types/email-issue.cfm



John F. Kerry (D-MA)



Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)


            Website Contact Form: http://lincoln.senate.gov/webform.html


Ron Wyden (D-OR)


                        Website Contact Form:  http://wyden.senate.gov/contact/


Chuck Schumer (D-NY)


            Website Contact Form:            http://www.congress.org/congressorg/webreturn/?url=http://schumer.senate.gov


Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)


            Email: oliver_kim@stabenow.senate.gov

            Website Contact Form: http://stabenow.senate.gov/email.cfm


Maria Cantwell (D-WA)


            Website Contact FormL http://cantwell.senate.gov/contact/


Ken Salazar (D-CO)


            Website Contact Form: http://salazar.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm



Minority Members


Orrin Hatch ( R-UT)


            Website Contact Form: http://hatch.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Offices.Contact



Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME)


            Website Contact Form:  http://snowe.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorSnowe.Email


Jon Kyl (R-AZ)


            Website Contact Form:  http://kyl.senate.gov/contact.cfm


Gordon H. Smith (R-OR)


            Website Contact Form:  http://gsmith.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home


Jim Bunning (R-KY)


            Website contact form            http://bunning.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm


Mike Crapo (R-ID)


             Website contact form:            http://crapo.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm


Pat Roberts (R-KS)


            Website contact form: http://roberts.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactInformation.EmailPat


John Ensign (R-NV)


             Website Contact Form: http://ensign.senate.gov/forms/email_form.cfm



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