Advocacy Updates

Renewal of Zadroga Act Presents Major Win for Mesothelioma Advocates

Today, Congress voted and passed its budget bill, which included a nearly indefinite renewal of the Zadroga Act, which provides heathcare for first responders and others impacted by events of 9/11, the results look promising. The Meso Foundation is hopeful that the bill will pass thus extending nearly indefinitely healthcare benefits to first responders who […]

ACTION ALERT: Mesothelioma Bill in Congress for Patient Registry

We have big news and need your help! Today, the ‘Mary Jo Lawyer-Spano Mesothelioma Patient Registry Act of 2015’ was introduced in Congress by Congressional Representatives John Katko (R-NY), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Chris Collins (R-NY), Peter King (R-NY), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Joe Kennedy (D-MA), and Leonard Lance (R-NJ). This bipartisan bill would establish the nation’s […]

House Passes ’21st Century Cures’ Bill Today

Today, a bi-partisan bill called the “21st Century Cures,” which would add $8.5 billion of funding to the NIH’s budget, passed by a 344-77 vote in the House.
The bill seeks to “accelerate the discovery, development and delivery of life saving and life improving therapies, and transforms the quest for faster cures by:

Removing barriers to increased research […]

ACTION ALERT: Request Support for Increased Research Funding

Dear supporter of mesothelioma research.
We need your help!
In March, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) developed a formal letter requesting the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee Defense Subcommittee dedicate $40 million for the Peer-Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) in the Fiscal Year 2015 Defense Appropriations bill. The $40 million represents a $15 million increase over the […]

Update on the Deadliest Cancers Caucus

On May 8, a Dear Colleague letter was sent out by the founding co-chairs of the newly established Congressional Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers to invite other Representatives to join the Caucus. According to the Dear Colleague letter, the Caucus was created “Because almost half of all cancer deaths in the U.S. are attributable to […]