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Sep

Medicare cuts would scorch patients

Proposed changes to Medicare, ailment the health insurance program for seniors, there could put medications to treat skin cancer and other serious conditions out of the reach of Texans who need them most.

Sunny Texas summers are beautiful — and deadly.

Since scorching, triple-digit temperatures are the norm during the summer months in Texas, skin cancer is a significant public health issue here. Nationally this year, about 75,000 Americans will receive a diagnosis of melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer.

Biopharmaceutical companies are hard at work developing medicines to treat this lethal and fast-spreading disease. But recent proposed changes to Medicare, the health insurance program for seniors, could put these medications out of the reach of Texans who need them most.

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