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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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Aug 4th, 2010
Someone from Pleasant Grove, AL writes:
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make s.1789 retroactive
Jul 21st, 2010
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Jul 14th, 2010
Someone from Saint Louis, MO writes:
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Having been through the Gamma Knife, while for neurosurgery and not for oncology, I had to consult both a neurosurgeon and a radiation oncologist. I sat in the same waiting room--the size of a basketball court--at a very large cancer center. It bewilders me that CMS would reduce those payments--radiation oncology is lifesaving tool that improves the quality of life for some patients, extends the lives of others, sometimes to the point they're cancer-free. I'd urge--no, better yet, I challenge those voting for the cuts to sit in one of those waiting rooms, talk with even one patient, and tell them and their family that today is their last surgical procedure. I've challenged an entire state legislative committee to get on a bus and show up and sit across a kitchen table from and explain to their own constituents why they cutting services for the elderly and disabled. Not surprisingly, even the State Legislator who lived in an affected area couldn't tell his neighbors. Within a week, after having their phones bursting non-stop for a week with calls from not only every lobbyist but also every ordinary citizen in the state, most who opposed flipped and passed the legislation that restored services. I guess that's easier than talking to your constituents. They and their families will talk, though--on Election Day. I don't work there--but right before you decide to finalize that schedule, I challenge you to get yourselves right up the street to 23rd & K Streets, NW and tell a dying patient you're about to head back down K Street and Pennsylvania Avenue to pull their plug. (I won't buy the excuse that Foggy Bottom and the edge of Georgetown is a bad part of town. I have felt less safe in the immediate vicinity of The Capitol itself--in broad daylight.) The following is quoted right from the website of a very reputable, very close place where you can find those patients: GWU's Radiation Oncology Center, at 2300 K St. NW: "Imagine a machine that helps doctors plan radiation treatments for cancer patients with greater precision than ever before. Imagine equipment so sophisticated that it fashions a radiation beam to match the shape of a cancerous tumor. Such high-tech wonders aren't merely a cancer patient's dream for the future. They are a reality at The George Washington University Hospital's Radiation Oncology Center....This innovative technology offers new hope to some cancer patients who may have had more limited treatment options in the past"
Jul 9th, 2010
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Apr 1st, 2010
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Mar 31st, 2010
Someone from Newtown, CT writes:
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This Health Care Bill is Un-American and Un-Constitutional!! What does "Ration Health Care" Mean???????? Why does the Government have DIRECT ACCESS to my Bank accounts??? How is this "only" costing 940 million dollars and where is this money coming from?? This is not the America I was born in. We are not a Communist Nation! Why is Massachusetts bankrupt? Because they tried a State-wide Universal Health Care and IT DID NOT WORK!! Why can't the President do a "Test Run" of this bill in his Beloved Illinois?? BECAUSE IT WILL BANKRUPT THEM!! Just like it will BANKRUPT THE Entire Country!!!! Where was the news coverage of the thousands of people protesting when this bill was signed!! It's time for us to TAKE AMERICAN BACK!!!!!!!!
Mar 31st, 2010
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Mar 29th, 2010
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Mar 28th, 2010
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Mar 26th, 2010
Someone from Fort Worth, TX writes:
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This horriblecare is bad for America. Stop the medicare cuts for all illnesses and needs. We have paid into medicare since it's inception. Stop spending and start paying our doctors and hospitals the necessary fees for us. The only RIGHT thing to do is to implement that mandates the administration (including the president), Congress and Senate to obtain their insurance that matches medicare, if it is good enough for us it should be good enough for everyone.
Mar 26th, 2010
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Mar 25th, 2010
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Mar 25th, 2010
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Mar 24th, 2010
Someone from Provo, UT writes:
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This bill will cripple our nation. It is a good theory but will not work and will cause more harm than good. Obama is killing this country every minute he is in office. He is making the country what he wants it to be and not what the people want. People complained about George W. Bush, but Bush did a lot more good for this country even with taking them to 2 wars than Obama has done with bringing "change."
Mar 24th, 2010
Someone from Chelsea, OK writes:
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DO NOT PASS THIS HEALTHCARE BILL I AGREE WE HAVE TO REFORM HEALTHCARE BUT THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO DO IT. SCRAP THIS BILL AND START OVER. THIS HEALTHCARE DOES NOT BENEFIT ANY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
Mar 23rd, 2010
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Mar 22nd, 2010
Someone from Franklin Furnace, OH writes:
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This isn't Health Care. Call it by what it is: Health Control! This is a way for Congress to steal our money for 4 years which won't be put in a 'lock box' but will be spent faster than it is collected!
Mar 21st, 2010
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Mar 20th, 2010
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Mar 20th, 2010
Someone from San Juan Capistrano, CA writes:
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don,t pass this health care bill, we need tort reform ,open state bidding and other reforms but certainly not the current 2000+ page bill with federal funding for abortion, your relection depends on your vote
Mar 20th, 2010
Someone from Glenns Ferry, ID writes:
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WE DO NOT WANT YOUR HEALTH CARE!!!!!!!! STOP RAMMING IT DOWN OUR THROATS!!! WHY DON'T YOU LISTEN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!!! YOU ARE WAKING A SLEEPING GIANT!!!!!!!

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