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Storytelling: A Powerful Tool for Advocates

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Stories are universal tools to persuade and because of this, stories are excellent tools in an advocate’s toolbox. So, how can advocates prepare to tell their story?

Access to CAR T-Cell Therapies for Medicare Patients

Monday, March 18, 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have recently released a National Coverage Analysis memo to decide how CMS will provide coverage for this innovative treatment. They have proposed coverage alongside a concept known as “evidence development.”

Welcoming Kim Czubaruk to the Cancer Support Community

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Cancer Support Community is proud to announce the newest team member of our Cancer Policy Institute. Please join us in welcoming Kim Czubaruk, the Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy.

Potential Changes to Medicare Part D Concerning Protected Classes has the Potential to Negatively Impact Cancer Care

Thursday, February 21, 2019

In November, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a new rule that would allow for several changes to the protected classes policy in Medicare Part D. The Cancer Support Community is concerned that if these changes are allowed, patients may face barriers to the cancer treatments that are right for them

Shared Decision Making and Value Based Cancer Care Research

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The United States health care system has been evolving at a rapid pace with attempts to control costs while also improving outcomes for patients. Cancer care is at the center of these debates with 15.5 million cancer survivors and per person treatment costs exceeding all other diseases. Policy and decision makers are shifting from a volume-based system to value-based care in an effort to ensure that patients are receiving high-quality care at the lowest possible price. Click here to learn more about our most recent published journal articles to delve deeper into our research into value-based care designs.

New court ruling has the potential to change the future of the Affordable Care Act

Friday, December 21, 2018

A new court ruling has the potential to change the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare). While nothing is changing immediately, it’s important for all people, including cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones to understand what this means for them.

Changes Proposed to Prescription Drug Commercials

Friday, December 14, 2018

In May of 2018, the Trump Administration committed to lowering the costs of prescription drugs and out-of-pocket spending for patients. One of the ways in which the Administration suggested meeting this goal was by changing the information available to consumers in television ads that market medications, which lead to a new rule that would require pharmaceutical companies to disclose the “list price” of drugs.

Adequate Health Care Options could be threatened by States New Waiver Authority

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Recently the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new guidance for the Affordable Care Act’s section 1332 waivers, expanding the power of 1332s and allowing states to use the waivers to adjust traditional compliance with ACA requirements.

New Transparency Laws Could Help Patients Reduce Out-of-Pocket Drug Spending

Thursday, October 18, 2018

President Trump recently signed two bills into law aimed at reducing patients’ out-of-pocket spending on prescription medications. The “Patient’s Right to Know Drug Prices Act” and the “Know the Lowest Price Act” address a practice known as “gag clauses.”

Open Enrollment: November 1st to December 15th

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

As the Midterm Election approaches and many prepare for the holiday season, it’s critical to remember that the open enrollment period to purchase health insurance coverage for 2019 is quickly approaching as well. This 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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