Access to Health Insurance

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As Congress considers changes to the Affordable Care Act, it is critically important that lawmakers maintain the patient protections that are so important to cancer patients and survivors, and ensure insurance coverage is truly affordable.  

We can never go back to the day when cancer patients couldn’t get health insurance coverage because they exceeded a lifetime limit or are denied coverage just because they survived cancer.  And, we must ensure they don’t experience any gap in their health insurance coverage and that their policies are truly affordable.

A study conducted by the American Cancer Society showed that people who are uninsured or underinsured are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer at its more advanced stages when treatment is more expensive and patients are more likely to die from the disease.

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Latest Updates

July 19, 2019
National

Patient groups representing millions of Americans with serious health conditions are voicing concern about access to affordable, comprehensive health coverage after U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon upheld an administration rule expanding access to short-term limited-duration (STLD) health plans.

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.

July 9, 2019
National

Patient groups are urging the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to prioritize patient protections, including those for people with pre-existing conditions, when it hears oral arguments today in the case Texas v. United States

May 17, 2019
National

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced its final ruling on changes to Medicare Part D regarding cancer patients’ access to lifesaving drugs. In the final ruling, HHS ruled that Part D plans will not be able to deny coverage for the newest cancer drugs

Access to Health Insurance Resources

Many patients with complex diseases like cancer find it difficult to afford their treatments – even when they have health insurance.  Current law establishes a limit on what most private insurance plans can require enrollees to pay in out-of-pocket costs.  These limits protect patients from extremely high costs and are essential to any health care system that works for cancer patients and survivors.

 

On October 12, 2017, the Administration released an Executive Order (EO) directing the Department of Labor to expand access to Association Health Plans. Proponents claim that encouraging the use of these plans will provide additional insurance options with lower premiums. However, there are serious concerns about how such policy changes would affect cancer patients and survivors and disrupt the state insurance marketplaces.