Here is some good statewide cancer related news from the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network:

Idaho Increases Budget for Cancer Screenings
Idaho’s governor approved a budget that increased funding for Women’s Health Check, Idaho’s Breast and Cervical Cancer screening program, by $150,000.

Alabama Restores Some Funding For Breast Cancer Screening Program
Advocates were instrumental in persuading the Alabama state legislature to add $316,800 to the state’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, after it had been cut entirely from the Governor’s budget for the third year in a row.

Hawaii Covers Colon Cancer Screenings
The Hawaii legislature overwhelmingly passed legislation requiring private insurers to cover the full range of colon cancer screening tests. When the Governor signs the legislation in a ceremony next week, Hawaii will become the 28th state, in addition to the District of Columbia, to pass such a law.

Colorado and Kansas Approve Coverage for Oral Chemotherapy
The governors of Colorado and Kansas enacted legislation providing out of pocket relief for those cancer patients taking chemotherapy in pill form. Before this change, insurance companies would not pay for chemotherapy in pill form and forced cancer patients to pay for this treatment on their own. Kansas’ law goes into effect on July 1 and Colorado’s takes effect on January 1. With these two additions, six states, in addition to the District of Columbia, have now passed such legislation.

Tomorrow we are going to write more about the last issue: Helping cancer patients with large co-pays and deductibles pay for their oral cancer medications.

Feel good and keep smiling! Pat & Pattie

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