Chronic Disease Groups Urge Senators to Reject Small Business Fix that Would Hurt Middle-Income Patients

March 16, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 16, 2011 – The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) together with the American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association sent a letter to senators today urging them to vote against the Comprehensive 1099 Taxpayer Protection and Repayment of Exchange Subsidy Overpayments Act that would effectively work to fix a flawed small business reporting requirement on the backs of middle-income families. 

The groups support repealing the burdensome reporting requirement passed in the Affordable Care Act, but are concerned that paying for the repeal by requiring consumers to pay back premium subsidies would discourage individuals and families from enrolling in health insurance coverage through state-based exchanges, and could result in an additional 250,000 uninsured.

The full text of the joint letter can be viewed here:

ACS CAN, the leading voice of patients in the health care debate, is working to ensure that the Affordable Care Act is implemented as strongly as possible for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. For more information, visit

ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit

Alissa Havens or Steven Weiss
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
Phone: (202) 661-5772 or (202) 661-5711
Email: [email protected] or [email protected] 

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