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Advocate Spotlight: Bob Panza

November 19, 2018

Bob was connected with Be The Match years ago when a colleague’s daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Now he’s an advocate and volunteer courier—transporting live-saving blood stem cells from donor to patient.

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Ask your members of Congress to protect access to bone marrow and cord blood transplants

July 09, 2018

As of today, there are 22 co-sponsors of HR 4215, the Protect Access to Cellular Transplant (PACT) Act of 2017.  We need your help to increase those numbers so that the House and Senate leadership take notice and try to pass the bill this summer.

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A donor-recipient meeting helps raise awareness among D.C. lawmakers

April 03, 2018

On March 20, in Washington, D.C., a first-time meeting between a marrow transplant recipient and her donor forged a life-long connection between two women. The meeting also raised awareness about how Congressional support is vital to help future patients get the marrow or cord blood transplants they need.

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CMS issues proposed hospital payment rule without fixing bone marrow/cord blood rates

April 26, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the “Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS)” Proposed Rule for Fiscal Year 2019. This rule, when finalized, will set the rates for bone marrow and cord blood transplants.

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Superstar Advocate: Jeff Heartling

June 04, 2018

Jeff joined the Be The Match Registry® in hopes of helping a friend. Although not a match for his friend, Jeff was called in 2009 as a match for a 16-year-old girl named Kim, who was fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

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Why we launched @BTMPublicPolicy

June 05, 2019

Public policy is just as important as medical research in saving lives. The Health and Public Policy Team works tirelessly every day to ensure patient access to cellular therapies. From helping to resolve individual hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) claims issues to leading national advocacy effort.

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Superstar Advocate: Ann Berkey

June 05, 2019

Tell us a bit about yourself, why are you so passionate about the National Donor Marrow Program/Be The Match? How did you get involved? In 2001, my husband was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) as a result of his exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.

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