Coverage of Chemotherapy Pills Means More Choice for Cancer Patients

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Statement from Donald Disastio, CEO, American Cancer Society of
NY & NJ, regarding passage of bill to guarantee insurance coverage for orally administered chemotherapy treatments

Albany, N.Y. (June 22, 2011) – “The law needs to keep pace with breakthroughs in cancer research and requiring health insurers to cover the cost of oral chemotherapy just as they do traditional intravenous chemotherapy (S.3988/A.6233) synchronizes the law with current science. 

Advancements in cancer treatments are useless if patients don’t have access to or can’t afford them.  Requiring health insurers to cover chemotherapy in pill form, in the same way they cover intravenous therapy, will allow patients to take advantage of whichever treatment is deemed most beneficial for them.  This will give doctors the flexibility of prescribing the best treatment available based on an individual patient’s needs, rather than insurance coverage. 

The American Cancer Society thanks Senator Lanza and Assemblyman Lopez for their efforts, and urges Gov. Cuomo to swiftly sign this legislation.”

Additional Resources
Oral Chemotherapy - What you need to know.


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