The Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access & Research Act of 2017 was introduced in both the House and Senate earlier this month as H.R.820 and S.292.
The bipartisan STAR Act passed the House of Representatives late last year but failed to advance in the Senate. We have high hopes that we will see this bill - the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever introduced in Congress - signed into law in 2017. Here's how you can help!
1. Check the cosponsor map to see if your Senators and Representative have signed on. (A reminder: With the end of the last legislative session, the former STAR Act legislation died and, with it, its previous cosponsor signatures. We start from scratch now!)
2. Use our Write Congress form to quickly and easily send a letter to your Members of Congress to thank them for their support or ask them to sign on! We are hoping to quickly gain as many cosponsors as possible to get momentum for this bill's passage.
3. Share with your friends and neighbors!
If you are willing to go above and beyond, please also consider reaching out to your Members of Congress during the upcoming District Work Period - the week of February 20th.
Check out our step-by-step guide to Congressional District Office Visits to schedule an appointment with your Member. Another great option is to attend a Town Hall meeting in your area and pose a question about childhood cancer to bring more public attention to the issue. Call your Members' offices and ask when they'll next be speaking in your area!
P.S. - If you get the ear of your Member, we urge that you ask for their support of the STAR Act *and* stress the importance of affordable, accessible healthcare coverage for children with cancer and childhood cancer survivors.