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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.

The Cancer Insurance Checklist: Your guide to shopping for insurance on the marketplace/ exchange

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

As implementation of the health reform law (the Affordable Care Act) continues, individuals that do not have insurance through an employer or government plan like Medicare or Medicaid will be required to purchase insurance on state-based Health Insurance Marketplaces, or Exchanges. Open enrollment begins October 1st for coverage that will begin as early as January 1, 2014.

As we mentioned previously, Cancer Support Community has participated in a partnership of 19 cancer and advocacy organizations to develop the Cancer Insurance Checklist.

CSC’s Cancer Policy Institute supports FDA Access to User Fees

Friday, September 20, 2013

On September 10, 2013 the Cancer Support Community’s Cancer Policy Institute sent a letter of thanks and support to those Members of Congress who recently introduced legislation to protect the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) user fees from sequestration.

In 2012, Congress passed the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA). As a result, new fees – paid by drug and device manufacturers – were instituted to provide the FDA with a much needed funding stream to provide for improvements to their drug and device review processes. This dedicated funding stream was designed to facilitate timely patient access to safe and effective new and generic medicines, medical devices and diagnostics.

Affordable Care Act in Action

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Cancer Support Community recognized the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the tenets of the Affordable Care Act and, in particular, felt that insurance provisions of the law such as removal of lifetime caps, the removal of pre-existing condition discrimination and the option for dependents to stay on their parents’ health plans until the age of 26 would be of benefit for the cancer community. CSC was quick to point out that the important work would, in fact, be in the details of implementation of the law.