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Your Views: Wisconsin lawmakers should OK cancer treatment act

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December 18, 2013

There’s something special about the end of each year—reflecting on what we’ve accomplished and looking forward to what we’ll do in the new year.

The Wisconsin Coalition for Cancer Treatment Access thanks Rep. Amy Loudenbeck and 56 other Wisconsin lawmakers who co-sponsored the Cancer Treatment Fairness Act, legislation to assure that Wisconsin cancer patients have access to life-saving oral anti-cancer treatments.

Cancer treatment is improving thanks to advances. Patients are no longer limited to IV chemotherapy. Many anti-cancer therapies are now available in pill form. Sometimes the only effective treatment option, they’re becoming the treatment of choice because they provide patients with better quality of life and save the health care system money.

But health insurance plans haven’t always adapted to cover access to new treatment. A serious inequity can exist when cancer patients face significantly higher out-of-pocket costs simply because their treatment is a pill instead of an IV infusion. The Cancer Treatment Fairness Act will bring equality to cancer treatment cost sharing.

No legislation can prevent cancer from striking any of us or the ones we love, but this common-sense legislation will help ensure that cancer patients have access to the treatment prescribed by their physicians and remove the worry of unaffordable care.

We hope 2014 brings this change to improve cancer care for Wisconsinites. Twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia have passed a Cancer Treatment Fairness Act. Let’s keep our resolution to pass Wisconsin’s in 2014.

ANNE MARIE FRAKES

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Wisconsin



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