LAUNCHED THE ADVOCATE, A QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER ON THE MRF’S ADVOCACY PROGRAM
MRF ADVOCACY IN THE NEWS WGN Chicago featured a story on skin cancer in the military and MRF advocacy efforts to secure additional funding.
2021 POLICY HIGHLIGHTS l Secured $30 million in FY21 Federal Appropriations
– Funding the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) and life-saving research through its Melanoma Research Program (MRP). l Advocated for $10.8 billion increase in federal appropriations, specifically: – $7.6 billion in NCI funding to improve cancer research – $3.2 billion in NIH funding for biomedical research l Called for increasing FY22 CDMRP funding to $40 million l Supported a broad policy agenda, including: – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s (D-NY) letter urging the FDA to prohibit minors from using tanning beds – Medicare Part D Prescription Coverage – Access to Biomarker Testing, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and affordable skin screenings.
California becomes first state to ban indoor tanning by minors under 18.
42 states have banned or restricted indoor tanning by minors and across the US. MRF advocates continue to rally support for Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s letter to the FDA urging a nationwide ban.
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