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Ensure Medicare Patient Access to Cancer Care

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I am writing to express concern about the proposal by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to cut Medicare payments to cancer care providers, such as hematologists/oncologists, nuclear medicine specialists, urologists and radiation therapists, beginning in calendar year (CY) 2010. As you may know, over 25% of the total proposed cuts in 2010 will be directed towards the above specialists.

President Obama recently pledged that the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), "will launch a new effort to conquer a disease that has touched the life of nearly every American, including me, by seeking a cure for cancer in our time". Thus, it is perplexing that the cuts outlined by CMS will negatively impact cancer patients, making advances in cancer care more difficult to deliver.

To be successful in the very personal war against cancer, each patient must have access to the full range of cancer therapies, to cure cancer, to control the growth of cancer, or to relieve pain and other cancer symptoms. It is imperative that the continued achievements of various cancer care therapies be made available to all Medicare patients.

I urge CMS to refrain from finalizing the reductions in Medicare payment for cancer care providers, as proposed in the CY 2010 Physician Fee Schedule Rule.

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4 hours ago
Chra N. from Lincoln, NE writes:
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I don't vote for Kurdistan's refrandom, I'll vote ( NO )
Mar 26th, 2017
David H. from Austin, TX writes:
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Every medicare recipient should absolutely have access to cancer care, however "cancer care" should also include a much wider array of accepted treatment options than are generally included in most plans today. Alternative therapies to chemotherapy should be available at the discretion of the patient and their doctor. This then creates the need for discussion and debate on what exactly would and wouldn't be allowable and to what limits. With that said I am signing this petition to pledge my support of cancer care inclusion in medicare. That should be a mandate. If we can at least agree on this as a requirement at some level, then the discussion must turn to this more detailed discussion.
Mar 23rd, 2017
Chad B. from Houston, TX writes:
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Cancer research and therapy should be one of our top priorities as a nation and globally.
Mar 22nd, 2017
Someone from Detroit, MI signed.
Mar 16th, 2017
THOMAS H. from Coal City, WV writes:
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I agree totally with above!
Feb 15th, 2017
Someone from Mission Hill, SD signed.
Dec 1st, 2016
FMF Vietnam Corpsman P. from Langhorne, PA writes:
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Fellow Brothers and Sisters in Arms: When many do a little .... a lot can get done. We can say Mountain move and it will move We need to have a call to action regarding the next Secretary of Veteran Affairs. Please read my message to Congress as I have detailed why I have petitioned them. Sarah Palin is in the running for that position. That scares the bejesus out of me. I feel either Jeff Miller or General Petraeus should be getting the nod as they have the credentials that Palin could not hold a stick to in any way. Thank you for reading this and hopefully, your support in this effort. When many do a little .... a lot can get done. We can say Mountain move and it will move
Dec 1st, 2016
FMF Vietnam Corpsman P. from Langhorne, PA writes:
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Fellow Brothers and Sisters in Arms: When many do a little .... a lot can get done. We can say Mountain move and it will move We need to have a call to action regarding the next Secretary of Veteran Affairs. Please read my message to Congress as I have detailed why I have petitioned them. Sarah Palin is in the running for that position. That scares the bejesus out of me. I feel either Jeff Miller or General Petraeus should be getting the nod as they have the credentials that Palin could not hold a stick to in any way. Thank you for reading this and hopefully, your support in this effort. When many do a little .... a lot can get done. We can say Mountain move and it will move
Nov 13th, 2016
Someone from Etna, NH signed.
Oct 27th, 2016
Loretta l. from HOUSTON, TX signed.
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