Washington, D.C., February 15, 2017—Today the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule changing regulations for Affordable Care Act marketplace insurance plans. Of particular concern to those affected by cancer are proposed changes to special enrollment periods and essential community provider requirements that are included in available insurance plans.
A statement from Chris Hansen, president of ACS CAN, follows:
“ACS CAN recognizes the need to make changes to the marketplaces in order to maintain and increase the number of available plans. However, some of the proposed changes to special enrollment periods (SEPs) and essential community provider requirements could cause problems for cancer patients and their families who want and need to enroll in health insurance that is adequate to cover recommended prevention, treatment and follow-up care.
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