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Advocate Spotlight: Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Each month, the Cancer Policy Institute profiles advocates who have been engaged in cancer advocacy. Read on to learn more about Siobhan, and her path to become the Executive Director of Gilda's Club Kansas City.

If you are interested in learning more about policy, advocacy, and ways to get involved, sign up to be a part of the Grassroots Network!

What Cancer Patients, Survivors, and Caregivers Need to Know about the Coronavirus

Thursday, February 6, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (named 2019-nCoV) that was first detected in Wuhan City, China and which continues to expand, including some confirmed cases within the U.S. For many cancer patients and survivors with compromised immune systems, the reporting on this public health emergency may likely be source of anxiety. However, the CDC reports that the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time.

CSC Opposes Changes to Medicaid that Could Negatively Impact Patient Access

Monday, February 3, 2020

The Cancer Support Community opposes the new Medicaid guidance announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that allows states to convert a portion of their Medicaid program funding into a block grant program. Read on to learn more about CSC's position on this issue.

Prior Authorization: What Patients Need to Know

Friday, January 24, 2020

One of the major themes dominating health care discussions today is that health care costs in the United States are proving unsustainable. Practices known as utilization management (UM) are one of the attempts the cost of health care has been addressed. The Cancer Policy Institute (CPI) at the Cancer Support Community (CSC) is releasing a series of blogs aimed at educating patients about different UM practices and techniques, how it impacts access to care, as well as advocacy opportunities to address those barriers to care.

Read this second blog in the series to learn more about Prior Authorization. Missed the first blog? Read it now!

Advocate Spotlight: Ben White

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Each month, the Cancer Policy Institute profiles advocates who have been engaged in cancer advocacy. Read on to learn more about Ben, and how his cancer diagnosis led him to pursue a career in cancer advocacy.

If you are interested in learning more about policy, advocacy, and ways to get involved, sign up to be a part of the Grassroots Network!

The New Year Brings Important Policy Changes That Benefit Patients

Monday, January 13, 2020

As we start a new year, the Cancer Support Community (CSC) is pleased to report on two exciting policy changes that promote the delivery of psychosocial care for cancer patients.

New Court Ruling Voids the Affordable Care Act Individual Mandate and Leaves Rest of Law in Limbo

Friday, December 20, 2019

On December 18, 2019, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual mandate that all Americans have health insurance. The rest of the law will stay in place for now as it is sent back to the lower court that must now determine whether the other parts of the ACA can stand without the individual mandate.

While the ACA will remain the law of the land for now, it’s important for all people, including cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones, to understand what this ruling means for them.

Utilization Management: What Patients Need to Know

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

One of the major themes dominating health care discussions today is the fact that healthcare costs in the United States are proving unsustainable. Practices known as utilization management (UM) are one of the major ways the high cost of health care has been addressed. The Cancer Policy Institute at the CSC will be releasing a series of blogs aimed at educating patients about different UM practices and techniques. The upcoming blogs will contain information that patients need to know, including how that particular technique impacts access to care, as well as advocacy opportunities to address those barriers to care.

Read this first blog in the series to learn more about UM, the different practices and techniques, and how CSC is fostering conversations about UM.

Advocate Spotlight Update: Miranda Johnson

Friday, November 15, 2019

Each month, the Cancer Policy Institute profiles advocates who have been engaged in cancer advocacy. This month we caught up with Miranda Johnson, one of the very first CPI Advocate Spotlights and a longtime CSC advocate!

5 Things You Need to Know About 2020 Open Enrollment

Monday, November 4, 2019

The open enrollment period to purchase health insurance coverage for 2020 is here! Now is the time to make sure that you and your loved ones have access to comprehensive, quality, and affordable coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

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