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Copay Accumulator Programs: What’s at Stake for Patients?

Monday, April 16, 2018

A new type of policy has been introduced that has the potential to put cancer patients at serious financial risk. You may not have heard of copay accumulators or accumulator adjustment programs before, so this blog will provide an overview of these policies to help prepare you in case you might be at risk of facing this barrier to affordable cancer care.

New Health Care Options May Not Protect Patients

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Trump Administration has proposed several rules outlining new health insurance options that would provide lower cost insurance coverage to consumers. However, the Cancer Support Community (CSC) believes that these plans may not comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare).

A Week of Government Spending and Blueprints for the Future

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Over the past week, Congress and the Trump Administration have made progress on government funding and budgeting for the coming years. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 was passed into law and Trump released his 2019 proposed budget—which does not carry the rule of law but does highlight the Administration’s priorities in the coming year. Both of these policy documents include significant health care issues.

Trump Administration to Allow Work Requirements for Medicaid Patients

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Today the Trump Administration released new eligibility requirements for nondisabled Medicaid recipients which would require them to work, seek employment, or engage in unpaid volunteer services.

Tax Bill Passes and Reforms Affordable Care Act

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The United States House of Representatives and Senate have passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which is expected to be signed into law by President Trump before the end of the year. Marking the largest overhaul of our tax system in decades, this bill also makes changes to our nation’s health care system and social safety net.

Health Care Reform: What's Next

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare) have been unsuccessful thus far. Although the House passed the “American Health Care Act” in May, the Senate did not pass their companion bill, the “Better Care Reconciliation Act.” However, efforts to repeal and replace the ACA are far from over, and CSC is concerned that several mechanisms may undermine the ability of individuals to access comprehensive, high-quality, timely, and affordable health care coverage.

Reflections on Social Work Month

Friday, March 31, 2017

Although not every cancer patient will receive social work services, it’s important for patients to know social, emotional, and logistical support is available to them, either through their health care institution or through organizations like the Cancer Support Community.

American Health Care Act Changes in Advance of Vote

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Last night (March 20), House Republicans introduced amendments to their health care reform legislation the American Health Care Act. Check out our blog to find out details and sign up to be a grassroots advocate.

President Trump’s Budget Significantly Reduces Funding for Cancer Research

Friday, March 17, 2017

President Trump released his proposed budget, “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” on Wednesday, March 15. It includes significant funding cuts, including a near 20% reduction to the Department of Health and Human Services and National Institutes of Health including the National Cancer Institute.

Replacing the Affordable Care Act: What You Need to Know

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The American Health Care Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 6, 2017. As this bill, and other proposals are considered, it is important for cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones to understand the potential implications of these changes.

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