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LCA Endorses the Assuring and Improving Cancer Treatment Education and Cancer Symptom Management Act

Washington, DC [April 21, 2009] -- Lung Cancer Alliance is proud to offer its support to Rep. Israel and HR. 1927 - Assuring and Improving Cancer Treatment Education and Cancer Symptom Management Act of 2009. This valuable and long overdue legislation will provide Medicare reimbursement for the time of registered nurses to educate newly-diagnosed cancer patients about their disease and the effects of treatment.  HR.1927 is an important step in improving the treatment and disease outcomes for cancer patients across the country.

Lung Cancer Alliance has joined with Rep. Israel, Rep. Tiberi and the Oncology Nursing Society in support of HR.1927 and in signing a letter to Congress asking for their co-sponsorship of this important legislation.

The letter is available below:

Ensure Patient Education is Part of Standard Care for Cancer Patients

Cosponsor the Assuring and Improving Cancer Treatment Education and Cancer Symptom Management Act of 2009

Cosponsors in the 111th Congress: Altmire, Sanford Bishop, Capps, Frank, Grijalva, Dennis Moore, Tim Murphy, Towns
Cosponsors in the 110th: Reps Jason Altmire, Sanford Bishop, Lois Capps, Michael Doyle, Barney Frank, Raul Grijalva, Dennis Kucinich, Tom Latham, Steven LaTourette. Zoe Lofgren, Dennis Moore, Todd Platts, David Price, Allyson Schwartz, Albio Sires, Chris Smith, Ed Towns, Fred Upton

Endorsed by:  Cancer Organizations Listed Here

Dear Colleague:
Please join us in cosponsoring HR 1927, the Assuring and Improving Cancer Treatment Education and Cancer Symptom Management Act of 2009. This long-overdue legislation will provide Medicare reimbursement for the time of registered nurses to educate newly-diagnosed cancer patients about their disease and the effects of treatment.

In the whirlwind between cancer diagnosis and treatment, patients often miss out on critical information and knowledge that can impact their health and well being. Medicare recipients fighting cancer should be equipped with the best arsenal of information and resources to fight their disease and navigate through their treatment. Many side effects and symptoms can be reduced or controlled by the provision of timely symptom management and services and by educating people with cancer and their caregivers about the potential effects before treatment begins.

Currently, Medicare and other payers do not cover the provision of patient treatment education. As such, patients and their caregivers often do not receive adequate education before the onset of treatment for cancer regarding the course of such treatment and the possible side effects and symptoms they may experience. This bill will correct the gap in coverage.

To cosponsor this important legislation, please contact Scott Wetzel (Scott.Wetzel@mail.house.gov) with Rep Israel’s office or Lindsay Vogtsberger (Lindsay.Vogtsberger@mail.house.gov) with Rep Tiberi.

Sincerely,

Steve Israel, Member of Congress
Patrick Tiberi, Member of Congress