Every blood cancer patient deserves affordable, high-quality and life-savinghealthcare. Unfortunately, our nation’s healthcare system leaves far too many patients — especially the most vulnerable patients who are elderly, low-income or disabled — with high costs that can put necessary care out of reach.
The upcoming budget legislation in Congress is our best opportunity to make critical investments in our nation’s health and ensure that every patient can afford the quality care they deserve.
From meeting with their lawmakers to sending letters, LLS advocates around the country are dedicating today to taking action to make it clear that this legislation is a must-pass priority.
The following letter was sent to the two United States Senators representing the State of Washington. It was also sent to the The United States Congressional Representative for the state.
Here is a link to look up your Representatives if you live in the United States.
The following link will take you to an online link for “mailing” your letter courtesy of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
As a constituent, blood cancer patient, and blood cancer advocate, I’m urging you to support measures in the upcoming reconciliation bill that would make high-quality healthcare more affordable for millions of Americans.
This legislation must make healthcare more affordable and accessible by:
- Allowing Medicare Part D patients to distribute upfront, out-of-pocket prescription costs evenly over the course of the year and creating a yearly cap on patient costs.
- Securing permanent enhanced Advance Premium Tax Credits (APTCs) that help consumers with Affordable Care Act plans afford their insurance.
- Closing the Medicaid coverage gap that leaves over two million patients without coverage with a federal solution that insulates low-income patients from high out-of-pocket costs and ensures enrollees have access to a comprehensive array of services.
These improvements to healthcare affordability and accessibility are long-term investments in the health and wellbeing of our patients.
As we continue to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical that patients and people with pre-existing conditions have access to high-quality care now and into the future. Please help make it easier for people to afford their lifesaving healthcare.”