Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Push for Oral Parity

We've gained some traction with our petition for Oral Parity. The Senate has now proposed a bill that mirrors HR 1409.  Fresh off the press from the International Myeloma Foundation:

The Coalition to Improve Access to Cancer Care    and its members from across the cancer patient community today applauded Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) for introducing legislation to bring fairness to the way that cancer medications are covered by insurance companies.   The bill mirrors H.R. 1409 “The Cancer Drug Parity Act”, legislation pending in the U.S. House of Representatives that would end the out of pocket cost disparity for certain cancer treatments based solely on how insurers classify that medicine. H.R. 1409 sponsored by Representative Leonard Lance (R-NJ-07) and Representative Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) ensures that any health plan covering cancer care offer patients the same level of cost-sharing for all forms of cancer medicine. 

Now, Senators need to hear from YOU about your support for this legislation. Click the link below to take action and message your Senators urging them to co-sponsor the bill. Without hearing from voters back home, legislators are unlikely to act and support legislation. If you feel strongly about preventing barriers for access on doctor prescribed treatments, please take a moment to send your Senators a message.  

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Berenson Oncology Success Rate

 Some reading about my myeloma specialist's success rate. A press release and an article from Targeted Oncology.