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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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Feb 25th, 2010
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Feb 22nd, 2010
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Feb 12th, 2010
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Feb 6th, 2010
Someone from Grand Rapids, MI signed.
Feb 6th, 2010
Someone from Largo, FL writes:
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I don't feel the government has the right to take away treatment for Cancer. We know that the government people don't have to worry about being on Medicare. But for us that do, it's not fair to just let us die for no reason. Cancer treatment should be same for all.
Feb 4th, 2010
Someone from Cedar City, UT writes:
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We can't afford to cut payments for Medicare and Medicaid patients. To have the disease is horror enough - to deny treatments is unGodly and cruel. Are we becoming another Hitler run country? If we start with this, where will we stop?
Jan 31st, 2010
Someone from Dexter, NM signed.
Jan 28th, 2010
Someone from Hutchinson, KS writes:
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we had 8 years of george bush,i think we had enough crooks in the white house. i think it's time to kick everyone of them out starting with obama. as for his health bill anyone who votes for it has done an act of treason against the america people.all obama did since he got in office was to give money to the rich and leaving the middle class hanging. it's time to throw out the trash and clean up the united states government from all the thieves in office. impeach that traitor who claims to be the president.
Jan 27th, 2010
Someone from Fairhope, AL signed.
Jan 27th, 2010
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Jan 26th, 2010
Someone from Plant City, FL signed.
Jan 24th, 2010
Someone from Katonah, NY writes:
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Most people on Medicare cannot afford supplemental insurance as they are on a fixed income. Do not let their health care become substandard and fail them. Why would anyone want to limit or even deny cancer treatments to Medicare patients? This is insane and it CANNOT happen..
Jan 24th, 2010
Someone from Brookhaven, MS signed.
Jan 24th, 2010
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Jan 23rd, 2010
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Jan 22nd, 2010
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Jan 17th, 2010
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Jan 12th, 2010
Someone from Miami, FL signed.
Jan 11th, 2010
Someone from Litchfield, IL writes:
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I can't believe that you would sign a death warrant to seniors!
Jan 10th, 2010
Someone from Dauphin Island, AL writes:
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Despite what is said, our country's health care system is not broken. I am extremely satisfied with my health care plan and do not want it changed. Fix only those aspects that need help, like tort reform so doctors and hospitals can reduce charges due to lower insurance rates. I don't mind helping the unfortunate that can't afford health care, but I don't want to pay for bums who refuse to work and illegal aliens that don't belong in our country. It is way past time Congress used common sense in this matter.
Jan 10th, 2010
Someone from Mount Juliet, TN writes:
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CONGRESS AND THE PREIDENT IN MY OPION IS COMMITING TREASON AGANST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. FORCE THEM TO COMPLY WITH THE CONSTITUTION ARTICAL 1 SECTION 8, STATES BUT ALL DUTIES,IMPOSTS AND EXCISES SHALL BE UNIFORM THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES,IN MY OPION THE NEW HEALTH CARE PROGRAM IS ONLY FOR SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS AND WE SHOULD REMOVE THEM FROM OFFICE
Jan 10th, 2010
Someone from Mount Juliet, TN writes:
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CONGRESS AND THE PREIDENT IN MY OPION IS COMMITING TREASON AGANST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. FORCE THEM TO COMPLY WITH THE CONSTITUTION ARTICAL 1 SECTION 8, STATES BUT ALL DUTIES,IMPOSTS AND EXCISES SHALL BE UNIFORM THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES,IN MY OPION THE NEW HEALTH CARE PROGRAM IS ONLY FOR SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS AND WE SHOULD REMOVE THEM FROM OFFICE
Jan 7th, 2010
Someone from Noble, OK signed.
Jan 7th, 2010
Someone from Mexico, NY writes:
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any cuts to medicare are totally unacceptable
Jan 6th, 2010
Someone from Powder Springs, GA writes:
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This new proposal by CMS is simply a sample of the many lies used to sell the government takeover of our health care. We were told that the government would not interfere with the doctor patient relationship- but what is this except bureaucratic decisions inserted in place of the doctor's? Congress claimed that they did not create death panels - these unelected bureaucrat panels that determine who gets what kind if health care may not be called death panels, but that is EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE! Our elected officials love to be called honorable, but there needs to be some integrity in their statements and actions and a willingness to uphold their oaths of office before they EARN the title of HONORABLE! I am sick and tired of Congress and the federal government in general.
Jan 5th, 2010
Someone from Landrum, SC signed.
Dec 31st, 2009
Someone from Malvern, PA writes:
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I can't wait for the next election cycle to clean house of everyone that voted for this health bill. Thank you for waking the sleeping majority.
Dec 31st, 2009
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Dec 30th, 2009
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Dec 29th, 2009
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Dec 29th, 2009
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Dec 21st, 2009
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Dec 16th, 2009
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Dec 15th, 2009
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Dec 9th, 2009
Someone from Minneapolis, MN writes:
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It is time for our congress to listen to their constituents. It is time for the Federal Government get out of trying to take away from me the right to make my own decisions concerning my medical treatment. If you REALLY want to reform medical care, then allow all insurers to compete in every state without govt overseeing and reform the laws limiting outrageous medical law suits. You can do both these things without spending $B's, and increase competition and lower costs. Please stop spending money you (I/we) don't have. in higher costs and fewer services. I am totally against Abortion. being paid by taxpayers.
Dec 7th, 2009
Someone from Brewster, MA writes:
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It is time for the Federal Government get out of trying to take away from me the right to make my own decisions concerning my medical treatment. If you REALLY want to reform medical care, then allow all insurers to compete in every state, and reform the laws limiting outrageous medical law suits. You can do both these things without spending $B's, and increase competition and lower costs. Please stop spending money you (I/we) don't have. Cutting Medicare (which is already in trouble) by $B's, and adding millions more subscribers can only result in higher costs and fewer services. Do you really expect us to believe that you can do this without spending more. We are not stupid.............it is time for you to listen to the people who elected you!!!
Dec 6th, 2009
Someone from Ocean View, DE signed.

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