Today the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). This bill, in its current form, would significantly alter the accessibility, adequacy and affordability of meaningful health insurance for millions of Americans, including those who have coverage through Medicaid.
Access to Health Insurance Press Releases
Patients, Doctors, Leading Patient Advocacy Groups Express Concerns about Proposed Legislation that Would Eliminate Health Care for Millions of Americans
Patients, doctors and several of the nation’s leading organizations that advocate for better health care for chronic disease patients joined today to express significant concerns about the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which is currently being debated in the U.S. House of Representatives.
CBO Score Projects 14 million Americans Will Lose Health Coverage in 2018 Under House-Proposed Health Care Law
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that under the House-proposed American Health Care Act the number of uninsured will increase by 14 million in 2018, 21 million by 2020 and then 24 million by 2026 relative to current law.
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network submitted comments to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services regarding proposed changes to marketplace health insurance plans. The submitted comments detail several ways the proposed rule could make it harder for cancer patients and survivors to access quality health insurance.
Washington, D.C., March 7, 2016—The legislation released by the House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees, while preserving some patient protections, will have the net effect of shifting health insurance costs to low and middle-income patients, significantly reduce the standards of
A coalition of eleven nonpartisan patient groups today laid out a joint set of goals they want Congress to focus on as it considers changes to the Affordable Care Act.
Cancer Advocates Hopeful President Will Maintain Critical Patient Protections; Continue Research and Prevention Progress
Changing the nation’s health care system is likely to feature prominently in the president’s speech to Congress. As the president accurately stated yesterday, health care in this country is incredibly complicated and interconnected. Any future changes require careful consideration and should preserve patient protections and access to meaningful, affordable health insurance.
Analysis of Marketplace Cancer Drug Coverage Shows Consumers Face Information Barriers on Cost and Coverage
Cancer patients trying to select the best health insurance plan through the market places continue to face challenges in determining prescription drug coverage and cost-sharing information in prospective coverage, according to analysis released today by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).
Proposed Marketplace Health Insurance Changes Could Lead to Renewed Barriers for Cancer Patients and Survivors
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule changing regulations for Affordable Care Act marketplace insurance plans. Of particular concern to those affected by cancer are proposed changes to special enrollment periods and essential community provider requirements that are included in available insurance plans.
Requiring people to maintain continuous health insurance coverage or risk the imposition of higher premiums could pose significant burdens to cancer patients and survivors, according to Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society.