Patient advocates applaud Cancer Drug Parity Act filed in both the U.S. House and Senate

Coalition to Improve Access to Cancer Care

13 March 2019 - The Coalition to Improve Access to Cancer Care and its members from across the cancer patient and provider community today applauded Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS), Tina Smith (D-MN), Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) for introducing legislation to bring fairness to the way that cancer medications are covered by insurance companies. 

Additionally, the coalition praised the work of Representatives Higgins (D-NY 26), Guthrie (R-KY 2), Matsui (D-CA 6) and Bilarakis (R-FL 12) for sponsoring a House version of the legislation.

"The Cancer Drug Parity Act" will end the out of pocket cost disparity for certain cancer treatments based solely on how insurers classify that medicine. Currently, most insurance companies place traditional IV chemotherapy treatments under a patient's medical benefit, while oral chemotherapy treatments are covered as part of a patient's prescription drug benefit.

Read Coalition to Improve Access to Cancer Care press release

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