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July 16, 2015

Patient Coalition Praises the Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2015

2015-07-16 | June 30, 2015

(Washington, DC) Members of the Patient Access to Community Treatment coalition praised the Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2015 for ensuring that patients have proper access to community care.

Introduced by Representatives Renee Ellmers and Steve Israel, the Cancer Patient Protection Act (HR 1416) would temporarily remove the application of Medicare sequester cuts on Part B drugs while gathering additional research to determine sequestration’s affect on patient access.

In the letter, the organizations note that patients face increasing challenges accessing specialized medical care in the community setting.  Multiple studies have illustrated that flawed Medicare reimbursement policies are causing community-based practices to close their doors or integrate with larger hospital system, affecting patient access and increasing costs.

The PACT coalition is an alliance of patient advocacy organizations, provider groups, caregivers and health care distributors committed to ensuring patients have access to quality, affordable community-based care.

For the full text of the letter, please click here.