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  1. New health care legislation was recently introduced in the United States Senate, and if passed, it would roll back major provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The Graham-Cassidy Bill could have important and negative implications for lung cancer patients, survivors, and their families, including higher costs and reduced access to health care coverage for the sick and low-income. Below are several areas of our concern: The bill prohibits pre-existing condition provisions; however, it allows states to permit waivers to health plans allowing them to charge different, increased, premiums based on a variety of factors. This could make health insurance unaffordable for lung cancer patients and their families. States would be able to waive the minimum essential health benefits that health insurance companies are required to provide currently, this includes prescription drug coverage, and could affect lifetime and annual limits on these benefits. Medicaid expansion and reduced funding for the Medicaid population would be affected under this legislation, which would likely result in less affordable health care for lower-income Americans. Experts say there is a chance this legislation could pass, and we need your HELP. Please TAKE ACTION by contacting your Senator TODAY and ask them to vote NO. Call (844) 257-6227 to directly connect to your Senator’s office.
  2. LUNGevity Foundation Partners With CancerCare to Launch Lung Cancer HELPLine Free Service Addresses Emotional, Practical, and Information Needs of Lung Cancer Patients FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Amanda Greenfield [email protected] 212-561-7430 WASHINGTON, DC (January 19, 2017) – LUNGevity, the nation’s leading lung cancer-focused nonprofit organization, today announced the launch of the LUNGevity Lung Cancer HELPLine, a free phone service through which a team of professional oncology social workers will be available to address the emotional, practical, and information needs of people diagnosed with lung cancer, their families, and caregivers. This year, more than 240,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with lung cancer, which means that hundreds of thousands of lung cancer patients, family members, and caregivers will be responsible for navigating a disease that is likely unfamiliar to them. The LUNGevity Lung Cancer HELPLine will serve as a vital resource and source of support for all affected by the disease. LUNGevity has partnered with CancerCare®, the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical, and financial challenges of cancer. CancerCare’s team of professional oncology social workers are uniquely qualified to address these needs. For nearly 73 years, CancerCare has provided free support services to cancer patients aimed at alleviating distress, helping them to obtain the best possible outcomes from their treatment. Those seeking assistance can call LUNGevity’s new toll-free HELPLine, 844-360-LUNG (5864), from 9:00am – 5:00pm ET, Monday through Friday to: Receive immediate access to reliable educational resources and programs Get personalized information about lung cancer and treatment options Learn effective ways to cope with cancer including managing emotions such as depression, anxiety, or sadness Improve communication with their health care team and loved ones Get referrals to financial assistance resources for needs including pain medication, homecare, childcare, medical supplies, transportation for treatment, and copayment assistance related to chemotherapy and targeted treatment therapies. (Provided to those who meet CancerCare’s eligibility guidelines; subject to funding availability.) Depression, anxiety, strains on relationships, loss of motivation, and financial burdens are commonly experienced by lung cancer patients and can compromise a patient’s ability to complete treatment. LUNGevity developed the Lung Cancer HELPLine to help patients, their caregivers, and families combat these symptoms by offering direct and personalized support for callers across the nation. “Providing lung cancer patients, their families, and caregivers with the resources and tools they need to address every phase of this disease is a priority,” said Andrea Ferris, President and Chairman of LUNGevity Foundation. “Our goal in setting up this HELPLine is to add dimension to these efforts and provide an additional resource to individuals affected by lung cancer to ensure that no one has to navigate this disease alone.” The HELPLine will join a number of other critical resources LUNGevity has created to support the needs of lung cancer patients, their caregivers, and loved ones, including Clinical Trial Finder, LifeLine Support Partners, and the recently launched Lung Cancer Navigator Mobile App. Charitable funding for the HELPLine was generously provided by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Genentech. For more information on LUNGevity, please visit www.LUNGevity.org. Click here to read the full press release.
  3. Triage Cancer and The Samfund have created an online resource called Finances 101: A Toolkit for Young Adults with Cancer. The toolkit guides young adults to the information they need to make important financial decisions in the wake of a cancer diagnosis. This collaboration between Triage Cancer and The Samfund aims to mitigate the financial toxicity we see in our community. Whether at the time of diagnosis, in the midst of treatment, or at any point in recovery, we hope to help young adult survivors find information that is most relevant to them. As you may know, open enrollment for the ACA State Health Insurance Marketplaces began yesterday. We know that healthcare is crucial for young adult survivors and so wanted the first module of the Toolkit to focus on health insurance. Premiums are on the rise and we want our young adults to be able to make the best possible decision when choosing an insurance plan. To access the toolkit, visit www.CancerFinances.org
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