Cancer Treatment Parity Act

Cancer Treatment Parity Act

In a rare display of bipartisanship, the end of 2013 saw the holiday spirit overtake politics, as U.S. Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduced the Cancer Treatment Parity Act of 2013. The bill’s goal is to provide access to better cancer treatments by leveling the costs of certain chemotherapy drugs.

“All patients with cancer should have access to the treatment they need, when they need it,” said Senator Franken. “And insurance companies shouldn’t be able to charge more for their cancer medication depending on whether it’s a pill or comes from an IV. But unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Our bill builds on an already successful Minnesota law to help patients across the country afford the medication they need to battle this terrible disease.”

Adding that such legislation is moving forward in many states, Senator Kirk said, “This bill will build upon state laws, like the one Illinois passed last year, to ensure that oral chemotherapy for patients is more affordable. Over 1 million Americans will be diagnosed this year with cancer, and the sooner we are able to level the playing field for treatment options, the sooner these Americans and their families can receive the best type of treatment available.”

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