A federal judge has blocked a rule change that would have expanded the availability of Association Health Plans (AHP). These plans often leave beneficiaries underinsured because they are exempt from covering the essential health benefits required under the health care law, including prescription drug coverage, and can also cap coverage based on the number of hospital days or cost of services and cover less than 60 percent of a patient’s medical costs.
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New Survey: Utilization Management Delays Cancer Care; Leads to More Stress and Contributes to Worse Outcomes
A new nationwide survey of cancer patients, caregivers and doctors details the negative effects insurance utilization management policies in private insurance have had on patient care and what those policies could mean should proposed changes to Medicare’s Part D’s “six protected classes” prescription drug coverage policy go into effect.
Washington, D.C. – Legislation introduced today by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) aims to decrease disparities in access to cancer clinical trials that persist within certain underrepresented communities. The Henrietta Lacks Enhancing Cancer Research Act of 2019 would direct the U.S.
A federal judge ruled the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) violated federal law by approving work requirements and other barriers to eligibility for Medicaid recipients in Kentucky and Arkansas.
Frankfort, KY.–March 27, 2019–Today, a federal judge ruled against Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky. Kristy Young, director of government relations in Kentucky for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), made the following statement in reaction.
Frankfort, KY–March 27, 2019–The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) commends the Kentucky legislature for passing, and Gov.
House Subcommittee to Vote on Bills to Halt Damaging Insurance Rule Changes; Preserve Pre-Existing Condition Protections
Today the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health is considering a series of bills that would stabilize and strengthen the health insurance market and decrease the number of uninsured by improving the ability of people with pre-existing conditions to obtain and afford comprehensive health coverage.
Columbus, OH. – March 15, 2019 – Today Gov. Mike DeWine released his proposed FY 2020-2021 budget for Ohio. Jeff Stephens, director of government relations in Ohio for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), made the following statement in reaction.
ACS CAN opposes tying access to affordable health coverage for low-income persons to work requirements because cancer patients, survivors and those who will be diagnosed with the disease could be physically unable to comply. Cancer treatment often causes several side effects, some of which can be serious and debilitating. Treating physicians may advise cancer patients against work during treatment to avoid risk of infection, to have time to heal and recover, and for other health reasons.
The administration released its FY20 budget today including a $4.7 billion cut for medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) including a nearly $900 million cut for the National Cancer Institute (NCI).