Legislative Advocacy Issues


Tobacco 21 Support Letter Maine Senate 4-18-17.pdf


Weisberg testimony at Maine Legislature 4/20/17

ASCO NNECOS Maine Rule Comments Feb 2017.pdf

ASCO NNECOS ME LD 273 Support Letter.pdf

HB443 prohibiting prescription drug manufacturers from offering co-payment reimbursement

UPDATE 3/8/17

Subject: HB 443 Inexpedient to Legislate

3/8/17 full House voted to adopt the Consent Calendar which adopts the committee recommendation of ITL on HB443, prohibiting prescription drug manufacturers from offering copayment reimbursements, which effectively kills the bill.

UPDATE 2/23 

2017-02-23 House Committee Report: 

Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/08/2017 (Vote 18-0; Consent Calendar)


An Amendment  was presented at the January 24th hearing,

“that this section (HB 443) shall not apply where the health insurance company drug formulary provides no alternative drug for a particular medical condition.”

NH House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee - email the committee

Bill Sponsors: Neal Kurk and William Marsh

Contact your state representative

NNECOS is concerned that HB 443 would inflict unintended harm on New Hampshire cancer patients – eliminating this avenue of financial support would put the cost of expensive but life-saving medications out of reach of many patients in New Hampshire.

Please consider contacting your Representative,  as well as reaching out to the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee, and the Bill Sponsors Neal Kurk and William Marsh with your viewpoint on how this proposed legislation will impact your patients.


Tobacco 21 Support Letter Vermont House H 52.pdf

Patient Benefit from Copay assistance programs

Articles about copay waiver programs not specific to cancer patients:

Harvard Business School October 4, 2016 study: When Discounts Raise Costs: The Effect of Copay Coupons on Generic Utilization.



ASCO State Advocacy Tools


Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society
P.O. Box 643
Sandown, NH 03873-0643
Telephone (603) 887-1948

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