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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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Oct 10th, 2009
Someone from Lake Forest, IL writes:
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I was a person with NONE of the risk factors and yet I got cancer. I had a first-rate doctor and got what I believe was first-rate care. So far, so good. Please dont change this in any way.
Oct 10th, 2009
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You need to be very careful of what you propose to do to others, you cannot predict the future and you have no way of knowing whether what you pass today, will affect your family tomorrow.
Oct 5th, 2009
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Sep 18th, 2009
Someone from Chicago, IL writes:
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Please DO NOT reduce cancer survival rates in this country to those in countries where there is universal health care. That has the same net affect as death squads!
Sep 18th, 2009
Someone from Lake Placid, FL writes:
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If you are a praying person, please pray about what you are doing. Think of the people who will be hurt further still if you pass this.
Sep 17th, 2009
Someone from Mcdonough, GA writes:
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It is a shame to cut cancer benefits to the people that need it the most. Congress should be ashamed of themselves!!!
Sep 17th, 2009
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