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HEALTH: Cancer patients benefit from ruling

Letter by L.M. Hedegaard, Puyallup on July 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm with 1 Comment »
July 3, 2012 11:03 am

The U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the federal health care law is a victory for people with cancer and their families. Without this law, people with cancer will continue to be denied coverage because of their pre-existing condition. They will reach their lifetime coverage limits before they run out of lifetime.

Without health insurance, there is no way a normal family can afford the extraordinary expense of a disease that, unfortunately, has become part of ordinary life.

Some truly beneficial aspects of the Affordable Care Act are already in effect, including proven cancer screenings such as mammograms and colonoscopies at no cost. In addition, insurance companies can no longer revoke coverage when you are diagnosed with cancer or another chronic illness. These provisions are already saving lives.

We can all be proud that Washington state is ahead of the game in implementing some parts of the Affordable Care Act. Our Legislature has worked hard on the first steps of establishing Washington’s health care exchange.

When January 2014 arrives, we will be one of the few states that is ready to help ensure quality, affordable health care for its citizens.

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  1. menopaws says:

    As someone who had a family member with cancer that had spread, the costs for his care were quite expensive. He did have insurance, but he and his wife were nearing that million $$$ cap that is on all policies………Some of his medications ran over $6000 per month. This law doesn’t put families in the position of having to lose their homes or drain their bank accounts when the bills run up. Being very sick is an emotional trauma for everyone involved. Adding the fear of financial collapse to that seems cruel beyond belief. That is why it is called the Affordable Care Act—it recognizes that the costs can ravage most families, with or without insurance. Good letter and it makes that point very clear for those who don’t understand about those costs…Thank you for writing about that.

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