ACS CAN advocates for policies that improve the Medicare program for individuals with cancer (including those who may be newly diagnosed, in active treatment and cancer survivors) as well as improving access to preventive services for individuals.
Approximately 1.7 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2018. Age is one of the most important risk factors for cancer, with one half of cancer cases occurring in people over the age of 65.
In our comments on the CY 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule, ACS CAN expressed support for CMS’ proposed changes that would allow federally qualified health centers to provide more care coordination, and urged CMS to provide even more flexibility than proposed.
The Medicare program covers 55.3 million people, including 46.3 million who qualify due to age and 9 million people who qualify on the basis of a disability. Medicare beneficiaries - including many cancer patients and survivors - have access to an outpatient prescription drug benefit that provides them with prescription drugs needed to treat their disease or condition. This benefit – and keeping it affordable – are crucial to any health care system that works for cancer patients and survivors.