[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE] H.R. 3877: Lymphedema Treatment Act

H.R. 3877: Lymphedema Treatment Act To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for Medicare coverage of certain lymphedema compression treatment items as items of durable medical equipment. New Cosponsor: Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19] Thank you to the newest Cosponsors.  Please thank your legislators for supporting legislation that YOU believe in.  If … Continue reading

[PUBLIC POLICY] Blood Cancer & ACA

New Report Raises Concerns for Blood Cancer Patients About the Affordable Care Act Many qualified health plans participating in the new insurance exchanges have limited access to National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer or transplant centers, and would impose high out-of-pocket costs for patients purchasing coverage at the silver and bronze levels, according to a … Continue reading

Shutdown Blocks Kids With Cancer From Clinical Trials

For every week that the government shutdown continues, 10 children with cancer will not be able to begin their clinical trials, officials told ABCNews.com. John Burklow, a spokesman for the National Institutes of Health, estimated that 200 patients would experience these delays each week of the shutdown. Since 15 percent of these patients are typically … Continue reading

[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE] H.R. 1416: Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2013

[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE]  H.R. 1416: Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2013 To terminate application of sequestration to payment for certain physician-administered drugs under part B of the Medicare program. New Cosponsor: Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7] Thank you to our newest Cosponsors.  Please thank your legislators for supporting legislation that YOU believe in.  If they are not … Continue reading

[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE] H.R. 1666: Patient Centered Quality Care for Life Act

[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE]  H.R. 1666: Patient Centered Quality Care for Life Act To create a patient-centered quality of care initiative for seriously ill patients through the establishment of a stakeholder strategic summit, quality of life education and awareness initiative, health care workforce training, an advisory committee, and palliative care focused research, and for other purposes.   … Continue reading

[LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY] H.R. 2477: Planning Actively for Cancer Treatment (PACT) Act of 2013

[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE]  H.R. 2477: Planning Actively for Cancer Treatment (PACT) Act of 2013 – To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of cancer care planning and coordination under the Medicare program. New Cosponsor: Rep. Carol Shea-Porter [D-NH1] Thank you to our newest Cosponsors.  Please thank your legislators for supporting … Continue reading

[LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY] Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act

[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE]  H.R. 1339: Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act – To amend the Public Health Service Act to increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, nursing schools, and other programs, to promote education in palliative care and hospice, and to support the development … Continue reading

IOM Report Recognizes Challenges in Cancer Care

IOM Report Recognizes Challenges in Cancer Care Today, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its report, “Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis.” According to the IOM, the American cancer care system often is not patient-centered, does not provide well-coordinated care, and does not encourage evidence-based treatment decisions.    … Continue reading

How is Sequestration Affecting Cancer Care Access?

An April 3, 2013, article in the Washington Post reported that “cancer clinics are turning away thousands of Medicare patients” because of the budget sequester. The article was published one month after the sequester, or the automatic budget cuts required by the Balanced Budget Act, became effective. The Post article and subsequent news coverage triggered … Continue reading