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LCA Health Care Reform Update

Comprehensive Health Care Reform

Lung Cancer Alliance recognizes the need for comprehensive health care reform.  President Obama, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other congressional leaders have indicated a desire to see legislation introduced and passed during the 2009 congressional session.  LCA will continue to monitor all progress and proposals for health care reform and will routinely update our Legislative Priorities page to reflect the ongoing debate surrounding this important issue.

Update:

May 10, 2010 [Washington, DC] -- Lung Cancer Alliance and more than eighty members of the Raise the Caps Coalition joined in sending a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, encouraging the immediate implementation of a ban on lifetime insurance benefit caps on all insurance plans. The letter calls for Secretary Sebelius to make a public request that insurers abide by these new protections starting September 23, 2010.  Currently, there is concern that insurance providers will work to extend these practices past the supposed implementation date.  To read the entire letter to Secretary Sebelius, click here.

March 26, 2010 [Washington, DC] -- Last night the US Senate and the US House of Representatives completed action on a package of “fixes” to the health care reform bill signed into law by President Obama on Tuesday. The President is expected to sign these final provisions within the next two to three days.

Please click here for a summary of some of the major provisions of Healthcare Reform - officially titled HR.3590: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - and how it will affect lung cancer patients.

The Speaker's Office has released a timeline for implementation of the major provisions of the Health Care Reform bill.  To view, click here.

For information on how the Health Care Reform bill will affect physicians and patients, click here.

March 25, 2010 [Washington, DC] -- Lung Cancer Alliance and the Raise the Cap Coalition sent a final letter to the US Senate imploring the members to quickly pass the Health Care Reform Reconciliation Bill (HR. 4872).  This bill amends the health care reform legislation and strengthens the patient protections included in the bill. Under H.R. 4872, lifetime limits would be eliminated in all health insurance plans – both new and existing – six months after enactment. Annual limits would be restricted in new plans until 2014, after which they would be prohibited in all new and in existing group health insurance plans. The current bill, as signed by President Obama, would exempt grandfathered plans from these critical reforms. Click here to read the letter.

March 25, 2010 [Washington, DC] -- Special Update: Health Care Reform and Lung Cancer Patients

March 22, 2010 [Washington, DC] -- At around 10:30pm last night, members of the US House of Representatives passed historic health care reform legislation by a vote of 219-212.  This is a major political achievement for President Obama and congressional Democrats, many of whom campaigned on the promise of health care reform during the 2008 election cycle.  The bill will now continue to President Obama for signature into law. Click here to read more.

March 18, 2010 [Washington, DC] -- The debate over health care reform continues today as the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is expected to release the “score” for the revised health care reform package this afternoon.  According to Democratic leadership, the CBO will report that the bill will cost $940 billion over the next ten years, expand coverage to 32 million Americans (or roughly 95% of all legal residents) and reduce projected health care costs by $130 billion over the first decade and by $1.2 trillion in the second decade.  Click here to read more.

March 10, 2010 [Washington, DC] -- In a conference on healthcare reform that Lung Cancer Alliance participated in yesterday, the Chairman of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) predicted that Congress would pass “the bills” and send them to President Obama for signature before the Easter recess, scheduled to start on March 26.  To read more, click here.

February 25, 2010 [Washington, DC] -- An unprecedented six and a half hour meeting hosted by President Obama at Blair House brought 40 legislators of both parties to the table in a civil and spirited discussion but failed to result in any concrete agreements on key parts of the healthcare reform legislation. For more, click here.

February 22, 2010 [Washington, DC] -- The President's Bipartisan Meeting on Healthcare Reform will take place on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 10 am EST in Washington D.C. The meeting will be open to the press and streamed live at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live.  Click here to read more.

January 26, 2010 [Washington, DC] -- Lung Cancer Alliance has joined in signing a letter to House and Senate leadership calling for continued work on Health Care Reform legislation.  The letter, signed by over 65 patient advocacy, health care and patient support organizations, specifically calls on both parties to put aside the partisan politics that have stalled this debate and to swiftly take the remaining steps necessary to enact comprehensive health care reform . Lung Cancer Alliance will continue monitor the ongoing health care reform debate.  To read the entire letter, click here.

January 15, 2010 [Washington, DC] -- Today Lung Cancer Alliance joined with more than three dozen patient advocacy groups,  research universities, hospitals and health care groups calling for the inclusion of a regulatory pathway for biosimilars in the final health reform package.  The letter calls on the Senate to adopt the same language as is included in the House of Representatives’ health care bill.   

To read more, click here.

January 12, 2010 [Washington, DC] -- Today Lung Cancer Alliance renewed its support of the Durbin/Sanders amendment to health care reform language.  The letter calls on Senate leadership to incorporate an amendment, already included in the House language, that would expand the Coverage of Comprehensive Tobacco Cessation Services for Pregnant Women in Medicaid section to all recipients of Medicair.

Comprehensive cessation benefits are among the most cost-effective and efficacious preventive services available today. Tobacco cessation interventions earn an “A” grade from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which recognizes that smoking cessation decreases the risk for heart disease, stroke and lung disease. These diseases rank among the leading causes of death and chronic disease in the United States. The Institute of Medicine and the U.S. Public Health Service also strongly endorse comprehensive cessation benefits.

To read the full letter, click here.

January 8, 2010 [Washington, DC] -- Today Lung Cancer Alliance and sixty members of the "Raise the Cap Coalition" joined in drafting a letter to Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV) and Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) calling on them to include provisions within healthcare reform legislation that would limit annual or lifetime benefit caps in all health insurance plans.  To read more, click here.

For previous Health Care Reform Updates, click here to visit the ARCHIVE