January 13, 2020
The New Year Brings Important Policy Changes That Benefit Patients
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.
October 17, 2019
The Belmont Report: What is it and how does it relate to today’s clinical trials?
What is the Belmont Report? Read on to learn the history of the report, the 3 ethical principles it sets forth, and how they relate to today's clinical trials.
June 25, 2019
The High Cost of Five Percent: The Importance of Capping Annual Out-of-Pocket Prescription Drug Costs for Medicare Part D Beneficiaries
Approximately 43 million Americans are enrolled in Medicare Part D - a voluntary outpatient benefit provided through private health insurance plans approved by the federal government. These plans assist seniors in affording their prescription medications. However, for people with complex and serious health conditions who depend on high-cost drugs, affording medications under Medicare Part D is becoming more and more difficult. Read our break-down of the different payment phases in Medicare Part D and an explanation of why imposing a cap (limit) on the amount beneficiaries pay out-of-pocket each year for prescription drugs is more important than ever.
May 29, 2019
Medicare Part D Cancer Drugs Continue to be Protected
Medicare Part D is a voluntary outpatient prescription drug benefit to assist people in affording their prescription medications. Part D benefits are provided through private health insurance plans and approved by the federal government. Participants in Part D are able to choose between supplementing their traditional Medicare with a stand-alone prescription drug plan or a Medicare Advantage prescription drug plan that is part of and includes other aspects of Medicare. In November, 2018 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a new rule for Part D that would have changed the special coverage protections for medications included in the six protected classes.