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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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Mar 20th, 2010
Someone from Waldron, MI signed.
Mar 20th, 2010
Someone from Milton, IA writes:
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The Healthcare Bill will end up like many other Gov't Agency's over paid and under worked. Lets create competiton for Healthcare to drive the costs down. This Bill is the wrong way to go on Healthcare, cart before the horse i'm afraid.
Mar 19th, 2010
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Mar 19th, 2010
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Mar 18th, 2010
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Mar 18th, 2010
Someone from Camas, WA writes:
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It is unconstitutional for the Democrats to pass this bill without the approval of the American people.
Mar 18th, 2010
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Mar 18th, 2010
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Mar 18th, 2010
Someone from Whitefield, NH 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. IT ONLY GIVES THESE CORRUPT, SELF-RIGHTEOUS DEMOCRATS MORE POWER. THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES IF THIS BILL PASSES. LISTEN TO THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE - SCRAP THIS BILL....
Mar 17th, 2010
Someone from Hopkins, MN writes:
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March 17, 2010 Dear President Obama, Dear Representative Paulsen , Dear Senator Klobuchar, Dear Senator Franken, I am writing to express concern about proposals including one to cut Medicare payments to cancer care providers included in the pending health care legislation, many of them not even fully disclosed. It is outrageous that a bill "nationalizing" 1/6 of the U.S. economy would be rammed through with so little concern for public knowledge or input. PLEASE BE ASSURED I WILL BE ONE OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS HOLDING EACH ELECTED OFFICIAL WHO SUPPORTS THIS LEGISLATION ACCOUNTABLE. THIS MEANS WORKING FOR OPPONENTS, CONTRIBUTING TO OPPONENTS, VOTING AND INFLUENCING OTHERS TO VOTE. Thank you for considering my concerns. I am a Minnesota resident and voter. Sincerely, Dr. Jennifer Biglow
Mar 17th, 2010
Someone from Hopkins, MN signed.
Mar 17th, 2010
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This whole health care bill does not reflect the majority of the American people. Health care does need to be fixed but not by adding trillions to the debt and harming seniors. The big issue that people are interested in are jobs and the economy. Fix them and then remedy health care in a fiscally prudent way.
Mar 17th, 2010
Someone from Suffern, NY writes:
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DO NOT PASS OBAMACARE! STOP SPENDING OUR MONEY! NO MORE GOVERNMENT IN OUR LIVES! stop spending OUR money!
Mar 16th, 2010
Someone from Worcester, MA writes:
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Please do not pass this bill.
Mar 15th, 2010
Someone from New Albany, OH writes:
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DO NOT PASS THIS BILL.
Mar 15th, 2010
Someone from Atlanta, GA writes:
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don't be caught up in this monumental hoax called HC reform...this will be the total downfall of our country. do you want your own children to know that you helped ruin this United States of America? vote against obamacare and let the real world of regular citizens know you stood up.
Mar 15th, 2010
Someone from Atlanta, GA writes:
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don't be caught up in this monumental hoax called HC reform...this will be the total downfall of our country. do you want your own children to know that you helped ruin this United States of America? vote against obamacare and let the real world of regular citizens know you stood up.
Mar 14th, 2010
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Mar 14th, 2010
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Mar 14th, 2010
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Mar 13th, 2010
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Mar 13th, 2010
Someone from Tucson, AZ writes:
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I feel that we are headed towards a government run program (Medicare/Medicaid)that does not care about our elderly. The elderly deserve the same care as anyone else and to limit cancer care provider services is an abomination and a disgrace. The elderly have paid their dues by working all their lives and then to take the security of knowing they will be taken care of through Medicare is unbelievable. The representatives responsible for this should be on the receiving end of these decisions. Then let's see how quick they would change the laws to meet their needs. I can't say enough about this as to how disgusted I am with CMS if this is decision passes. Stop and think!!!!!
Mar 12th, 2010
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Mar 12th, 2010
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Mar 12th, 2010
Someone from Lincoln University, PA writes:
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Vote against Obama-care. Don't use reconciliation to vote for it, or I'll vote against you. That's a promise that will be kept,and you will see real change in AMERICA.
Mar 12th, 2010
Someone from Fontana, CA writes:
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Vote against Obama-care. Don't use reconciliation to vote for it, or I'll vote against you.
Mar 11th, 2010
Someone from Hopkins, MN signed.
Mar 11th, 2010
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Mar 11th, 2010
Someone from Marysville, CA writes:
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I understand that triCare for life will be affected. Please do not vote for this bill. I am retired from the Air Force.
Mar 10th, 2010
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Mar 10th, 2010
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Mar 8th, 2010
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Mar 7th, 2010
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Mar 6th, 2010
Someone from West Hills, CA writes:
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It would only take one of you, or someone you love, to be stricken with this disease for you to make changes. Again, you're totally out of touch with America and its people's needs.
Mar 5th, 2010
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Mar 4th, 2010
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Mar 4th, 2010
Someone from Winter Haven, FL writes:
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Long term chronic effects of radiation therapy are greatly reduced with the current technolgy .. to take away payment for these services will increase medical cost as to manage the chronic effects of "ols school " radiotherapy!
Mar 2nd, 2010
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Feb 26th, 2010
Someone from Miami, FL signed.

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