VAM Email Alert: May 2019

MAY 2019


Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 Passes the House

On Monday, May 14th, the House voted 410-0 to pass H. R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019. The bill, which we have previously discussed in detail, but this legislation is significant in that it will restore the presumption of exposure to the chemicals known as Agent Orange for thousands of Blue Water Navy veterans who served during the Vietnam War.

The Act must now be considered in the Senate.

Additionally, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) had previously suggested the administration would decline to appeal the verdict of Procopio v. Wilke, which will require the VA to cover the costs of extending the benefits to Blue Water veterans, regardless of whether Congress passes its own legislation.

However, H.R. 299 would cement the intent and right of Blue Water veteran benefits into law and not leave implementation up to administrative interpretation.

IMF Endorses Clinical Trials Legislation

The IMF recently endorsed H.R. 1966, The Henrietta Lacks Enhancing Cancer Research Act of 2019. The bill would require a study to be conducted on what the barriers are to participation in clinical trials, including those conducted by the VA.

Robin Levy, IMF’s Senior Director of Public Policy and Advocacy stated “Clinical trials are vital to ensure new therapies become available to patients. Expanding access to clinical trials is a goal of the IMF’s advocacy team and the Henrietta Lacks Enhancing Cancer Research Act is an important step to ensuring patients have access to trials.”

Earlier this year, IMF also endorsed H.R. 913, The Clinical TREATMENT Act, which would improve access to trials for Medicaid enrollees. The IMF will continue to seek out and support legislation that would help myeloma patients access trials.

IMF joined with One Voice Against Cancer and the Cancer Leadership Council to express our support for the legislation. To let your Member of Congress know of your support for this legislation please:

In Remembrance on this Memorial Day from the IMF

To all who served and are no longer with us, we here at the International Myeloma Foundation say THANK YOU for taking the path less chosen and enabling all of us to enjoy the freedoms of this great country. We are honored by your sacrifice and hold you in our thoughts. We hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe Memorial Day.

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