Access to Affordable Cancer Drugs

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Fighting cancer is a struggle. Getting access to the lifesaving cancer drugs you need – at a price you can afford - shouldn't be.

Too many cancer patients face barriers in getting health insurance coverage for the prescription drugs recommended by their oncologist. And then, oftentimes, even when coverage is there, their share of the cost can bust the household budget.

We must find new solutions to make cancer drugs more accessible and affordable for cancer patients - whether through new regulations or laws passed by Congress and your state legislature.
 

56% of cancer patients and survivors are worried about being able to afford their treatment

Latest Updates

July 11, 2019
National

Today the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will mark-up a series of bills aimed at reducing patient out-of-pocket costs and preserving access to health care. Specifically, the committee will consider a measure that would exempt patients from having to pay surprise medical bills in most circumstances.

June 26, 2019
National

Today the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will markup legislation aimed at helping reduce patients’ out-of-pocket health care costs and improving public health. The Lower Health Care Costs Act would exempt patients from having to pay surprise medical bills in most circumstances.

May 16, 2019
National

Today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its final rule for Medicare Part D which does not include the full range of proposed changes to drugs in the ‘six protected classes’ of cancer, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, mental illness and organ transplants.

May 14, 2019
National

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) launched an ad campaign this week highlighting deep concerns from cancer patients and survivors over the dangerous impact that proposed changes to Medicare Part D’s six protected classes could have on their access to critical drug therapies.

Access to Affordable Cancer Drugs Resources

For an individual with specific health care needs – like cancer patients and survivors – the drugs covered by a health plan and corresponding cost sharing for each drug is important information when choosing health insurance. However, to make an informed choice, formulary information must be disclosed to the individual.

Prescription drugs are often less expensive in other countries. This is due to a variety of factors. There have been efforts at the state and federal level to allow individuals to purchase lower cost prescription drugs from other countries and import these products into the United States for personal use.

New breakthroughs in cancer research are making more life-saving drug therapies available. Keeping these therapies affordable for patients is imperative. Prohibitive cost sharing for prescription drugs can cause patients to skip dosages, split pills or stop taking their medications entirely, which reduces the effectiveness of their treatment.