Received today from People Against Childhood Cancer
We have two pieces of good news for children and families fighting childhood cancer!
First, many of you advocated, wrote, called and fought for the passage of the Creating Hope Act. Today we are so excited to pass on the news that the Senate passed the bill. The last step is President Obama’s signature!
This is the FIRST first time Congress has passed legislation to address the dire need for new drugs developed expressly for children with cancer and other life threatening diseases.
Congratulations and thanks to all the great organizations and people who made this happen. That includes YOU PAC2!
Second, here are three good reasons to be thankful for today’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act:
- The Act prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions. Previously, many young adult survivors trying to find coverage were told they were “uninsurable” as a result of their cancer. Of the nation’s 350,000 childhood cancer survivors, two-thirds face severe or life-threatening late effects, which makes insurance coverage an absolute necessity for this population.
- The Act mandates that all children, including childhood cancer survivors, be allowed to stay on their parents’ health care plan up to age 26. Before passage of the legislation, many young adult cancer survivors found themselves in an insurance gap – dropped from their parents’ plan and unable to purchase their own coverage.
- The Act prohibits insurance companies from imposing lifetime caps on coverage. Previously, childhood cancer survivors could find that treatment for late effects, such as a second cancer or other health complication, would “max out” their insurance coverage, forcing them into enormous medical debts.
Thanks PAC2! June Update coming soon….
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