AACI Requests Patient-Centered Healthcare Replacement Package

Senate Republicans and administration officials continue to discuss options for an Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement package, as they aim for a vote before the August recess. Through letters to Senate leaders as well as each individual senator, AACI has continued to advocate for a patient-centered approach to the healthcare replacement package, including coverage protections, prevention programs, and patient access to care.

If your cancer center has not yet contacted your senator regarding the ACA replacement, please do so, and ask them to include the following elements in the legislation:

Coverage
• Protect individuals with pre-existing conditions and establish coverage protections by prohibiting sudden cancellations by insurers.
• Safeguard coverage for young people by allowing dependents up to age 26 to stay on their parents’ plan.
• Improve the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for low income Americans suffering from cancer.
• Eliminate lifetime or annual caps on cancer care.
• Ensure full patient coverage of preventative cancer screening services and follow-up care.

Prevention
• Preserve the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) and ensure it is maintained and used as intended.
• Retain the 10 percent excise tax on the indoor tanning industry, in order to contribute to the prevention and reduction of ultraviolet (UV) ray-related cancers.

Access
• Expand access to high quality, specialized cancer care by improving patient access to care.
• Maintain The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to assist patients in making critical healthcare decisions.