Cancer Patients Need Accurate Information When Shopping for Health Coverage in Medicare

Statement from American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) President Chris Hansen

December 4, 2018

WASHINGTON – December 4, 2018 -- "The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is troubled by reports that the administration is not enforcing a requirement that health plans provide accurate information in Medicare provider directories. Cancer disproportionately impacts older Americans, most of whom access health insurance through Medicare. Access to accurate information is critical for families affected by cancer who are trying to guarantee their insurance coverage will meet their health care needs. Medicare beneficiaries could face significant out-of-pocket costs if they buy a plan only to find out that a necessary medical provider is out of network after it is too late to switch plans. ACS CAN urges the administration to ensure Medicare plans have access to accurate provider directories."

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