American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

NC cancer patients do not have time to wait!

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North Carolina cancer patients do not have time to wait!

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a North Carolina resident and your constituent, I am asking you to please support the North Carolina Cancer Treatment Fairness Act.

This legislation would update insurance laws so that regardless of the method of chemotherapy, the out-of-pocket cost to patients would be similar. It would eliminate the cost disparity between oral chemotherapy and IV injected or infused chemotherapies.


The benefits of oral chemotherapy fairness are hard to argue:

1. Prime Therapeutics, a pharmacy benefits manager wholly owned by 13 Blue Cross Blue Shield plans across the country (including BCBS - NC) "studied claims from 7 million members across eight BCBS plans" and concluded: "Saving pharmacy dollars at the expense of greater medical costs is not an effective cost management strategy."

2. Oral anti-cancer treatments are not inherently costlier than IV treatments. For metastatic breast cancer patients, the cost of oral chemotherapy is $35,842 annually compared to $43,353 for IV chemotherapy.

3. Patients would have greater access to oral chemotherapy medications. This improved access helps patients and their families, with children and busy schedules, avoid burdensome office or hospital visits and avoid missing time from work.

4. A recent study conducted by SPEAC (State Patients Equal Access Coalition that looked at the fiscal impact on health insurance premiums in states that have oral chemotherapy fairness laws shows that any increases in health insurance premiums have been negligible.

5. Patients receiving oral treatments often experience a better quality of life during treatment.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is working on oral chemotherapy fairness legislation to remove the cost disparity between oral and IV chemotherapies and ensure cancer patients receive the best treatment option for their particular cancer diagnosis. We don't want cancer patients' choosing between spending their life's savings and saving their lives.


Please support the North Carolina Cancer Treatment Fairness Act and pass oral chemotherapy fairness legislation this session. Cancer patients already have enough on their minds without having to worry about whether they can afford the best treatment possible.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]