Loveland resident, Ted Inman, CEO of OHC, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, participated in the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) Hill Day. Inman joined more than 90 patients, advocates and health care professionals to advocate on Capitol Hill about the many issues facing cancer care including drug shortages and decreasing access to care due to clinical closings. He met with staff from the offices of Congresswoman Jean Schmidt and Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown to discuss the issues. Inman attended three full day legislator meetings.
Patients, advocates and health care professionals converged in Washington D.C. for the COA Hill Day 2012. This is the fourth year the group has lobbied on behalf of cancer care as part of a joint COA and Community Oncology Alliance Patient Advocate Network (CPAN) mission to address the issues facing the cancer care delivery system.
“Physicians, administrators, nurses and other care team members came together with patients and advocates at Hill Day 2012 to meet with Senators and Congressmen about the many issues challenging access to affordable local cancer care,” said Dr. David Eagle, president of COA. “We must be concerned with the future of cancer care because cancer touches one out of two men and one out of three women. We are grateful that Ted Inman took the time to travel to D.C. to educate legislators and speak out on behalf of cancer patients.”
Inman said four out of five cancer patients in this country are treated in community settings.
“Our community’s own cancer doctors struggle to treat their patients,” Inman said. “We need to fix the system and protect community cancer care for current and future cancer patients. Traveling to D.C. with COA and CPAN is my way of supporting this important cause.”