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CONTACT: Lori Gardner, Senior Director
Communications & Marketing
301.984.9496 ext. 226

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 26, 2017

Association of Community Cancer Centers Statement on the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

Rockville, Md. — On Thursday, June 22 the U.S. Senate released their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. Despite the Senate’s promise to “start over,” the Better Care Reconciliation Act largely mirrors the policies of the House’s version of ACA repeal and will result in millions of Americans with chronic conditions, such as cancer, losing healthcare coverage or facing significantly higher out-of-pocket costs with fewer benefits.

The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) is gravely disappointed on both policy and process. After months of private meetings and no public hearings, this bill continues to violate ACCC’s health reform principles by making deep cuts to Medicaid; disadvantaging sicker, lower-income patients; and failing to preserve critical patient protections gained in the ACA, such as the essential health benefits requirement to cover preventive services like cancer screenings.

This bill would be devastating for cancer patients and their families. We urge lawmakers to vote against this legislation and work to truly strengthen the insurance markets and develop policies that create a sustainable, comprehensive, affordable healthcare system for cancer patients and all Americans.

About the Association of Community Cancer Centers
The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) is the leading advocacy and education organization for the multidisciplinary cancer care team. More than 23,000 cancer care professionals from over 2,000 hospitals and practices nationwide are affiliated with ACCC. It is estimated that 65 percent of the nation's cancer patients are treated by a member of ACCC. Providing a national forum for addressing issues that affect community cancer programs, ACCC is recognized as the premier provider of resources for the entire oncology care team. Our members include medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, cancer program administrators and medical directors, senior hospital executives, practice managers, pharmacists, oncology nurses, radiation therapists, social workers, and cancer program data managers. For more information, visit ACCC's website at www.accc-cancer.org. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and read our blog, ACCCBuzz.

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