We sent a letter Sunday to Capitol Hill in support of the Senate health care reform bill. Ultimately, we made our decision because we felt that passage of this bill will improve the lives of people affected by cancer in a number of ways. The bill:
- Ensures that there will be no annual or lifetime coverage limits. This is a big issue for some cancer patients who face extremely expensive treatments. A cancer diagnosis should not mean that you have to go broke or into debt because your treatment costs exceed the annual insurance cap.
- Requires insurance companies to cover the routine care costs for patients who have enrolled in a clinical trial. Some health plans do not cover these costs, including doctor visits, hospital stays and lab tests.
- Prohibits discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions, like cancer.
We were joined by the American Cancer Society and the American Public Health Association in support of the bill.
The final passage vote will take place on Christmas Eve. Below is the letter that we sent to Senator Harry Reid?s office today.
Once the bill passes the Senate, it will then need to be reconciled with the version that passed the House in November. We are prepared to continue our work to ensure that those negotiations produce the best possible bill from the perspective of people affected by cancer.