• Does everyone know about the Sequester Cuts to Medicare Part B chemo treatments?

    Asked by Carol-Charlie on Saturday, April 6, 2013

    Does everyone know about the Sequester Cuts to Medicare Part B chemo treatments?

    Cancer clinics rejecting Medicare patients due to sequester cuts
    18 hrs ago

    The sequester-related budget cuts that have caused headaches minor (no more White House tours) to major (closing air traffic control towers) could also have deadly consequences. Cancer clinics nationwide are turning away thousands of patients with Medicare, because the reduced funding that began April 1 makes it too expensive to administer chemotherapy drugs. Many of the clinics say that rejecting Medicare patients is the only way they can stay in business during sequestration. The reason for the cuts is that chemo drugs are Part B Medicare drugs, which makes them part of the sequester-related cuts. Nice work, Congress. Way to have your constituents’ backs

    Just copied this from my MSN Site.

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    • Queen_Tatiana's Avatar

      I was driving into work when I heard this on the radio. Shocked. Angry. So sad for those losing their chemo drugs. So thankful my husband has great healthcare insurance through his work and is not dependent on Medicare.

      over 3 years ago
    • derbygirl's Avatar

      I can tell you that if Arlen Specter, the Senator from PA, was still alive this would have been something he would have fought for because he was a man who fought his own battle with cancer. The people in Washington don't care about the people they represent. They only care about those who put money in their pockets. Here in PA we are hit double because not only is Congress hitting us with this, our own Governor hasn't made it any better, He made cuts to funding for people receiving assistance who are disabled and elderly. I think that the country would be better off without all these politicians. Even though they're supposed to work for us, we are powerless to do anything until election day.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I have not heard about this, but it is a disgrace, not to mention an incredible moral and ethical lapse of the part of our lawmakers Remember all the talk about "death panels" when ever health care reform was mentioned. Well this is a death panel. I say take congresses health insurance away.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Just read up about this issue - wow! so let me get this right, a hospital infusion center (where thank God I am being treated) will continue to receive funding for cancer drugs, but cancer centers which are cheaper, and in many cases much closer to the patient are having their medicare budget cut. This is absolutely Orwellian.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      But there has been no cuts in sending our tax dollars overseas for AIDS drugs. There have been huge reducations in funding for the NIH and NCI but increases in AIDS research and funding even though just a few thousand Americans ( thank goodness) are touched by AIDS but 500,000 Americans will die of cancer including children. See Cancer isn't trendy..Its not Hollywood. Millions are given to grants for finding drugs for TB even though we already have cures and few Americans even get TB..But it effects third world countrys and so while we die our tax dollars go to help others.

      over 3 years ago

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