TRENTON, NJ – AUGUST 1, 2023 – A statement from Jade Bechelli, the Director of Government Relations at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network in New Jersey, follows on the death of New Jersey’s Lieutenant Governor and the first Black woman to serve as speaker of the state Assembly, She
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Cancer Advocates Call on CMS for Greater Data Transparency; Urge Pausing of Medicaid Redetermination Process in States of Concern
Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the first monthly data report on the unwinding of Medicaid continuous coverage following the expiration of pandemic-era protections that prompted an eligibility redetermination process led by state agencies.
American Cancer Society Ready to Play a Lead Role in Providing Patient Navigation Training and Certification Standards
Yesterday, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden held a call with cancer advocacy organizations to discuss the administration’s commitment to increase access to patient navigation services through reimbursement in Medicare.
CMS Includes Reimbursement for Oncology Patient Navigation in CY24 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposal
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed Calendar Year 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, including coding changes to allow for reimbursement for some patient navigation services and expanded access to telehealth services.
Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) Reintroduced, Marking Critical Step in Improving Patient Quality of Life
Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) reintroduced S. 2243 Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA). The bipartisan bill would create a national public education and awareness campaign to educate patients and providers about the availability and benefits of palliative care, expand federal research regarding palliative care, including pain and symptom management, and establish palliative care education and training programs for doctors, nurses and other health professionals.
Today the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor and the Treasury Department jointly released a proposed rule that would return the sale of short-term limited duration insurance plans (STLD) to a limit of 90 days. This is similar to rules that were in place prior to 2018, but under the proposed rule would apply to all STLD plans created after the final rule is issued. The proposed rule would also require STLD issuers to comply with new notice requirements to help consumers distinguish between an STLD plan and comprehensive health coverage.
Patient Groups Urge Fifth Circuit to Maintain Access to No-Cost Preventive Care in Braidwood Case Amicus Brief
Today, patient groups representing millions of individuals with serious health conditions filed an amicus curiae (or friend-of-the-court) brief in the case of Braidwood v. Becerra in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in support of the Department of Justice (DOJ)’s defense of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions requiring private insurers provide coverage of certain evidence-based preventive services without cost-sharing. The amicus brief provides extensive scientific data to the appeals court demonstrating that preventive services save lives and are cost-effective, as well as examples of the cost-free services that would be lost for many patients if the lower court’s decision is upheld.
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) recognizes and applauds Governor Josh Green for signing HB907 into law, Thursday morning. Once enacted, the legislation will improve access to audio-only telehealth to help ensure cancer patients and survivors have access to the appropriate medical specialists they may need.
Survey: LGBTQ+ Cancer Patients and Survivors Concerned about Facing Discrimination in a Health Care Setting
According to a new survey, half of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+) cancer patients and survivors report they are concerned they may face discrimination in a health care setting. More than one-third have experienced discrimination in a health care setting due to their sexual orientation or gender identity, and 75% of those who say they experienced discrimination feel it impacted their health care.
Nation’s Leading Cancer Patient Advocacy Organization Supports Expanding Access to Affordable Health Insurance for DACA Recipients
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) submitted comments today supporting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ proposed rule to expand federal insurance coverage eligibility to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.