The Mesothelioma Ambassador Program brings together volunteers committed to raising awareness about meso and educating their elected officials about the devastating disease. Each month, Mesothelioma Ambassadors are asked to work with the Meso Foundation staff on special assignments to advance the Foundation's advocacy efforts and to share their story.
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Meso Foundation Government Affairs Coordinator Jessica Barker is always available to answer any questions and offer support: firstname.lastname@example.org
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September is a very important month for mesothelioma. Not only will our legislators be concluding their summer break, but it is also Meso Awareness Day on September 26! We have two important actions for Mesothelioma Ambassadors this month.
Our legislators are returning to the Hill to tackle a number of important issues including pending cuts to Medicare payments to physicians, the expiration of the Bush era tax cuts and passing a 2013 budget to avert sequestration as established in the Budget Control Act of 2011. On January 2, 2013, automatic cuts ("sequestration") will take place unless Congress and the Administration take steps to prevent them. If sequestration occurs, the National Institutes for Health (NIH) will be subject to an 8.4 percent further cut and as many as 2,300 NIH grants could be eliminated.
Please contact your legislators and urge Congress to avoid a January budget sequestration, which would have dramatic negative impacts on U.S. domestic programs, including medical research.Without medical research, there is no hope for improved mesothelioma treatments and a cure. We are urging Congress to devise a bipartisan solution to addressing the nation's debt crisis and avoid draconian cuts that will hurt the economy and the nation's future.
For more information about the threat of sequestration and what it means for the Meso Community visit our blog:
ALSO Don’t forget that September 26 is Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Please take part in our second annual Meso Awareness Day Fact Campaign and spread the word about mesothelioma through social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter.