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Dear Katie,

Please be advised of an important Federal policy issue that affects cancer clinical

research. On October 17, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) plan

to issue a Decision Memo for Clinical Trial Policy (CAG-00071R2). The proposal

represents a significant reversal of the standards for Medicare coverage of clinical

trials that has been in effect since 2000, and it poses a threat to the ability of

Medicare beneficiaries to receive care in clinical trials. We urge the CMS to

rescind this proposal.

Senators Cardin and Brownback have circulated the attached Dear Colleague letter,

which asks their Senate colleagues to join them in signing a letter to CMS objecting

to this proposed policy. Time is short. With a decision on the coverage process

promised by CMS by October 17th, please call your Senators as soon as possible to

ask them to join Senators Cardin and Brownback on this letter to CMS.


Robert L. Comis, MD

President and CEO

Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups

1818 Market Street, Suite 1100

Philadelphia, PA 19103

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