Today’s vote in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee to approve health care legislation represents major progress toward the goal shared by millions of families touched by cancer to enact comprehensive health care reform this year.
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The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is ramping up the pressure on Congress with the launch of a Metro station advertising campaign calling for action now, not later, on health care reform.
HELP Committee Markup Highlights Critical Need for Renewed Emphasis on Prevention in Health Care System
Families affected by cancer are optimistic that emphasis on prevention as a major theme in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee markup of comprehensive health care reform legislation is indicative of progress toward transforming our broken “sick care” system into one that focuses on keeping people healthy.
The health care reform legislation that the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee began to review today would extend access to quality care to all Americans by guaranteeing issue of plans to all applicants, eliminating discrimination based on health status or history, capping out-of-pocket costs that patients pay and placing greater emphasis on disease prevention critical components that will benefit families affected by cancer.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- June 15, 2009 -- As Congress debates health care reform this year, it is important that legislation include measures to better coordinate care, improve access to palliative care and address quality of life needs for patients with chronic diseases such as cancer.
The nation is one step closer to ending Big Tobacco's unfettered access to children in America with the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s passage of legislation to grant the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing and sale of tobacco products.
Broken Health Care System Fosters Treatment Delays and Strained Finances for Many Cancer Patients, According to New Poll
One in four people currently receiving cancer-related care has delayed treatment in the past year, and nearly one in three people under age 65 who have been diagnosed with cancer has been uninsured at some point since their diagnosis, according to a national poll released today by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- May 5, 2009 -- The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) today launched an advertising campaign urging Congress to enact health care system reform this year.
Four in ten Americans say they would not be able to afford all the treatment and care needed if they were suddenly diagnosed with cancer, and one in five Americans says they are likely to lose their health insurance in the next 12 months, according to a national bipartisan poll released today.
The House and Senate passed Budget Resolutions last night that enable the critical effort to move forward to reform our health care system. The result is good news for cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones who know too well the gaps that exist in the broken health care system.