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Last Ditch Repeal Efforts Will Harm Cancer Patients

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Just when we started to hope that the debate over the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was at an end, a new plan to repeal and replace the law has been introduced. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) have introduced a bill that would be devastating to individuals living with chronic illness including those who have been impacted by cancer.

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.

FDA Reauthorization Bill a Win for Psychosocial Care

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

On August 17, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration Reauthorization Act of 2017 (FDARA) became law. FDARA is primarily responsible for funding the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so that the agency can review and approve drugs and devices in a timely manner. It also contains provisions that provide guidance for manufacturers on how they conduct research on the drugs and devices they are developing.

Health Care Reform Roundup: What You Need to Know

Monday, August 7, 2017

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind as it seems that every day there was a new bill or amendment that further threatened access to health care. Although the U.S. House of Representatives passed their legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as the ACA or “Obamacare”) in May, by the end of July, Senate Republicans had tried and failed at every turn to pass their own companion legislation. Although, their efforts were unsuccessful this time, there is still a great risk to our health care system. In this brief break from debate, we want to provide you with a brief summary of action so far and an analysis of the risks still to come.

Challenges for Cancer Patients: Costs, Delays, and Conversations

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Cancer Support Community did a study in late 2016 to explore this question and found that people with cancer face challenges with costs and delays in health care. The study asked participants about their access to insurance, services, and providers, and direct and indirect costs of treatment. By surveying over 1,200 participants who currently have, or have had cancer, we found that a significant number of cancer patients have to skip out on some health care services or prescriptions due to high out-of-pocket costs. Also, cost of treatment is not always discussed between doctors and patients, so many cancer patients go into treatment without knowing what they will have to pay for their care.

Where the Candidates Stand on Cancer

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

With Election Day coming in less than a week, we’re taking the opportunity here at the Cancer Support Community to highlight where the presidential candidates stand on the cancer and health issues that matter to us. This is not meant to imply an endorsement or preference for any candidate but instead is an inexhaustive compilation of the candidates’ own words and actions on a topic which affects all Americans. We hope this stimulates discussion about the nonpartisan goal of improving cancer and health care policies nationally as well as at the local level.

What You Need to Know About the King v. Burwell Decision

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Cancer Support Community applauds the decision issued by the Supreme Court today, which ensures that millions of Americans will not lose access to their health care coverage. In its decision, the court ruled against the challengers in King v. Burwell, a landmark case that would have had a devastating impact on millions of people who receive health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

King v. Burwell called into question a small phrase in the ACA which says that subsidies will be made available to people buying health insurance on the state-established exchanges, or marketplaces. The plaintiffs in the case argued that this phrase should not apply to people purchasing insurance on the federal exchange–which is currently used by 34 states and more than 7.5 million people.

Clinical Pathways in Cancer Care

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A clinical pathway is a plan of care the health care team is encouraged to follow when making treatment recommendations. Most clinical pathways are based on the results of clinical research and are therefore evidence-based treatment recommendations.

Announcing Cancer Insurance Checklist: Guía de Cobertura Médica para Personas con Cáncer

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Spanish language version of the successful resource, the Cancer Insurance Checklist, is now available. This easy-to-use guide is available to assist people with cancer, a history of cancer or at risk for cancer choose a health insurance plan.

The Federal Government Shutdown’s Impact on People with Cancer

Friday, October 4, 2013

On Tuesday, October 1, the federal government began a partial shutdown after Congress became gridlocked over funding for the government and its activities for the new budget year (which started that day).

As we noted then, the shutdown does not affect Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. These programs will continue during the shutdown. In addition, the state health insurance marketplaces/exchanges are open for business to help people enroll for health insurance, as required by the health care reform law.

However, in addition to the closure of all national parks, and halting of several important government functions including the seasonal flu program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to name just one, the shutdown does affect some key programs that are important to people with cancer. And that impact will increase if the shutdown continues.

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