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National Cancer Organizations Issue Joint Statement On Devastating Impact Of Sequestration
Date:4/3/2013

or being unable to treat Medicare seniors fighting cancer in order to keep the clinic doors open."

"Most frustrating is that this did not have to happen. There are several ways that the Administration and Congress can act to avoid the most devastating of sequestration impacts," explained Ted Okon , COA's executive director.  "However the cuts are addressed, it must be done immediately.  In the absence of government action to stop sequestration cuts, practices will have no choice but to adopt emergency measures to deal with the sequester cuts to cancer drugs."

Since 2008, more than 1,200 community cancer care centers have closed, consolidated, or reported financial problems.  The result has been patient access problems, increased costs to seniors, Medicare, and taxpayers due to the migration of Medicare patients to costlier care settings, and new barriers to care for elderly patients in remote areas.  When community cancer clinics close their doors, access to cancer care is compromised for all cancer patients, but especially vulnerable seniors.  The full text of the joint statement and the letters to HHS, CMS, the Senate and the House are available at www.CommunityOncology.org

About Community Oncology Alliance (COA)
Celebrating its 10th anniversary during 2013, the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) is a non-profit organization dedicated solely to community cancer care, where four out of five Americans with cancer are treated.  Since its formation, COA has helped community cancer clinics navigate an increasingly hostile environment by working together to become more efficient, advocating for their patients, and proactively providing solutions to the Congress and policy makers. COA members have testified before both chambers of Congress, authored cancer care demonstration projects, and been instrumental in the passage
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