Today the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), a decision that is especially important for people affected by cancer. Provisions under PPACA eliminate preexisting condition clauses and lifetime coverage gaps that prevent cancer patients from having access to care. The act also includes coverage for screening and preventative services that aim to improve cancer survivorship.
By 2022, there will be 18 million people living with cancer, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute. One of the Cancer Support Community’s priorities is to ensure that cancer patients have access to comprehensive, quality care that includes distress screening and intervention, as well as access to clinical trials.
Our health care system has been changing, and now new standards and practices are helping people gain access to the quality care they need. We look forward to continuing to work with policymakers to ensure that people affected by cancer have access to care and that their emotional and social needs are met.