House Should Defeat Efforts to Halt Enforcement of Key Patient Protections

February 18, 2011

Statement from Christopher W. Hansen, president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN):

"House members should vote against efforts to prohibit enforcement of critical patient protections that ban lifetime dollar limits on coverage, pre-existing condition exclusions and coverage rescissions when policyholders become sick. If these efforts are successful, there will be no one to administer the historic federal investment in prevention from the new Public Health Fund, and there will be no federal oversight of the new Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan that is providing coverage to those who need it most."

ACS CAN's grassroots advocates nationwide have sent more than 8,000 calls and emails into congressional offices this week in opposition to these efforts and to funding cuts for the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Steven Weiss
(202) 661-5711
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