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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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Nov 24th, 2009
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I am a very elder senior and I feel we will do most of the suffering if Obama's health care goes thru. Also the infants ad little children
Nov 22nd, 2009
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Nov 18th, 2009
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The government needs to stay our of every aspect of health care!
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Someone from Harpers Ferry, WV writes:
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Government has no right to oppose any legislation. they need to get their hands out of health care.Let the people decide what they want.Not some bureaucrat in Washington.There is to much waste already in Washington .
Nov 8th, 2009
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It is clear that cancer in aged individuals may not be taken seriously (ie pain meds) and I want congress to vote no for Health Care Reform as put forth by the democratic party.
Nov 5th, 2009
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Oct 29th, 2009
Someone from Sacramento, CA writes:
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Do the MERCIFUL THING for every age. Why should there be a problem because someone happens to be over50, 60, 70?
Oct 29th, 2009
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Oct 24th, 2009
Someone from Collegeville, PA writes:
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Remember, any one of us could need this and not be able to get it!!! We can't allow that to take place.
Oct 22nd, 2009
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Oct 14th, 2009
Someone from La Grange Park, IL writes:
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Grateful for successful treatment of my prostrate cancer, and absolute support of making sure treatment is available to all in need.
Oct 14th, 2009
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