Earlier today I was honored to receive the 2014 National Distinguished Advocacy Award from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). The Distinguished Advocacy Award is the highest advocacy honor given to state and federal lawmakers who are leaders in the fight against cancer. My oral chemotherapy parity bill and other important healthcare legislation over the past four years were the basis for the award.

The oral chemotherapy parity bill I introduced last session, which received bipartisan support and was signed into law by Governor Brewer, was the particular piece of legislation ACS CAN highlighted. Beginning January 1, 2016, insurance companies will not be allowed to charge different amounts for patients who chose oral treatment in place of injections or intravenous treatments.

I am truly humbled to be recognized by the ACS CAN. And I owe my colleagues and Governor Brewer a huge thank you for doing the right thing to stand up and represent all cancer patients. Oral chemotherapy parity will give patients more access, more affordability, and more choice in their treatments as they face the battle of their lives.

Congratulations to State Representative Matt Lori (R-MI), U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and U.S. Representative Spencer Bachus (R-AL) for also being recognized for their efforts to help cancer patients, survivors, and their families.


Rep. Heather Carter