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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.

Public Comments
Apr 11th, 2013
Someone from Palatine, IL writes:
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It is the required service of medicare to make care and treatment available to those who need these services
Apr 7th, 2013
Someone from Naples, FL signed.
Apr 5th, 2013
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Apr 5th, 2013
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Apr 5th, 2013
Someone from Bloomington, IL signed.
Mar 29th, 2013
Someone from Houston, TX writes:
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We all know friends and family who died of cancer and so this petition should be given our highest priority.
Mar 16th, 2013
Someone from Newport Beach, CA writes:
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This is a good economic investment for the nation to a healthy America.
Mar 9th, 2013
Someone from New York, NY signed.
Feb 7th, 2013
Someone from New York, NY signed.
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Someone from New York, NY signed.
Feb 7th, 2013
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Jul 17th, 2012
Someone from Gilbert, AZ signed.
Mar 11th, 2012
Someone from Charleston, WV signed.
Mar 9th, 2012
Someone from Arizona City, AZ writes:
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We are spending so much money on treatments that aren't successful like conventional medicine uses, lets holistically CURE patients.
Mar 4th, 2012
Someone from Phoenix, AZ signed.
Feb 22nd, 2012
Someone from Spring, TX writes:
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The message from President Obama seems to be that he "will launch a new effort to conquer a disease.....FOR OUR NON-RETIRED POPULATION, for they deserve it more. Citizens who are responsible for our very existence, for the support of our economy for a proportionately greater time than we, and who have paid longer into the same retirement healthcare system that most of us (other than myself) pay into now, will not be eligible for the healthcare for which ?we? will be eligible, for the importance of our senior citizens? healthcare differs from our own.? There are no healthcare options for persons over 65 other than Medicare and affiliated insurance programs, no matter how much you contribute (unless by chance alone you worked for a company that provides continuing coverage for retired employees). Retired citizens will go to the "back of the line" in cancer care if CMS reduces Medicare payments for cancer care providers. It will then be economically unfeasible for those providers to give Medicare patients the same care as non-retired patients. God willing, all non-retired citizens will one day be retired persons/senior citizens. Those that advocate this reduction will then deserve the same medical care considerations that they are willing to give seniors of today. ?What goes around, come around?. How sad that we seniors are biologically responsible for these advocates of inferior healthcare for retired persons.
Feb 20th, 2012
Someone from San Diego, CA signed.
Nov 9th, 2011
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Nov 5th, 2011
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Nov 4th, 2011
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Oct 25th, 2011
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Oct 20th, 2011
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Oct 19th, 2011
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Oct 18th, 2011
Someone from Decatur, GA signed.
Oct 10th, 2011
Someone from Detroit, MI signed.
Sep 20th, 2011
Someone from Crestwood, KY writes:
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do not finalize the reduction in medicare for cancer patient providers
Sep 19th, 2011
Someone from Utica, NY signed.
Sep 11th, 2011
Someone from Alden, NY writes:
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I thank Obama because he has already made a difference in my Sons lives. Health Care is in reform and I have noticed a difference. I just pray all his bills get passed, Obama is the only president I understand when he gives his inaugural speeches. I only hope the parties follow his direction we will all be better off. I will vote for him next term.
Aug 31st, 2011
Someone from Gouldsboro, PA signed.
Aug 19th, 2011
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Aug 13th, 2011
Someone from Atlanta, GA signed.
Aug 5th, 2011
Someone from Charleston, WV signed.
Aug 3rd, 2011
Someone from Melville, NY writes:
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Everyone should be entitled to healthcare for cancer!
Aug 1st, 2011
Someone from Kent, WA signed.
Jul 13th, 2011
Someone from Raeford, NC signed.
Jul 12th, 2011
Someone from Garner, NC signed.
Jul 10th, 2011
Someone from Salt Lake City, UT writes:
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I must help people to get cancer care without cost........ Doctor must bring organic pills to all people....... no illegal chemicals in drugs... peace out John Bias
Jul 10th, 2011
Someone from Salt Lake City, UT writes:
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i approve that... peace out John Bias
Jul 9th, 2011
Someone from New Matamoras, OH writes:
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The Law should have aready been passed so long ago.what a shame another baby is dead from the hand shes trusted the most

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