tnmynatt Posted April 27, 2006 Share Posted April 27, 2006 Here is part of an email I received from the ACS: The U.S. Senate is about to eliminate guaranteed insurance coverage for mammograms and other vital cancer screenings. As an advocacy volunteer, your help is needed to stop them. Imagine getting your mammogram or colonoscopy and then being told your insurance company refuses to cover it. Email your senators right now. It only takes two minutes. Please do it now since the vote could happen at any time. The bill your senators will vote on is S. 1955. If passed, insurance companies would no longer have to cover mammograms and other life-saving cancer screenings. Insurance coverage for all of these cancer screenings and more are at risk of being lost: Mammograms - Colonoscopies - Pap smears - Prostate cancer screenings - Clinical trial participation - Off-label drug use - And more ... [the more including clinical trials] I have emailed my senators. Please take 2 minutes to do the same. Here is the link: http://capwiz.com/acs-national/issues/a ... id=8714491 Below is a copy of the letter I sent. The second paragraph was my personal part and the rest is what the ACS had written. I am writing you to express my concern about the Small Business Health Plan ( S. 1955) legislation, and to ask you to oppose any bill that fails to protect insurance coverage for lifesaving mammograms and other vital cancer screenings and treatments. My husband just died of lung cancer because there is no early detection for it. Now efforts are being made to eliminate coverage of early detection for those cancers that can be found early and lives saved. Also, without off-label use of Avastin, he would have died several months sooner likely before he had another Christmas, New Years, Valentine's Day and our teenage daughter's birthdays. This was precious time. I am deeply concerned that S. 1955 will undermine important patient protections and hamper efforts to prevent, detect and treat cancer. Early detection of cancer is the key to saving lives, especially with the use of mammograms to detect breast cancer. By allowing insurance plans to be exempt from covering cancer screenings, access to mammograms, colorectal cancer screenings and pap smears, along with insurance coverage of off-label prescription drugs and participation in clinical trials would be in jeopardy. For the first time in 70 years, the number of cancer deaths has declined, due in very large part to these screenings and treatments. Please help ensure that we stay on the right track by opposing S. 1955 and any bill that that fails to ensure these crucial protections for cancer patients. I look forward to hearing your position on the bill and how you are going to stand up to protect cancer screenings and treatments. Sincerely, COME ON--WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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