SOURCE: Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Living Beyond Breast Cancer

September 25, 2013 14:04 ET

Cancer Insurance Checklist Will Empower Thousands Touched by Cancer

Nineteen Organizations Collaborate in Developing Tool for Navigating Health Insurance Marketplaces

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwired - September 25, 2013) -  In preparation for the October 1, 2013 opening of states' Health Insurance Marketplaces established as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Living Beyond Breast Cancer and a group of 18 partnering cancer and patient advocacy organizations launched today the Cancer Insurance Checklist. This new resource is intended to help people with cancer, a history of cancer or a risk of developing cancer when shopping for insurance on their states' Health Insurance Marketplaces or Exchanges.

The Cancer Insurance Checklist was developed to help guide consumers in their review of the coverage within each insurance plan including of cancer-related specialists, medicines, therapies, counseling sessions, medical equipment, testing and procedures they may need. Once completed, it serves as a convenient visual comparison of each plan under consideration by an individual.

A worksheet is available to help individuals detail the costs associated with each plan, so they are able to compare co-pays, co-insurance, premiums and deductibles in order to find the most affordable plan with the best coverage options. The Checklist is designed to be used while evaluating insurance plans and also when discussing them with a navigator or healthcare provider.

The goal of the ACA's Health Insurance Marketplaces is to give everyone the opportunity to enroll in plans that meet the requirement of offering Essential Health Benefits. By providing a space for individuals to compare plans, choose one that best suits their needs and enroll online, they help break down past obstacles faced by Americans who had limited or no access to healthcare in the past. "The Marketplaces, along with other policy changes, allow even those with pre-existing conditions like breast cancer access to healthcare coverage," Jean A. Sachs, MSS, MLSP, LBBC's chief executive officer, says. "This Cancer Insurance Checklist is another way to broaden that access."

People with cancer concerns can download and print the Cancer Insurance Checklist free of charge by visiting CancerInsuranceChecklist.org. There, they will also find a list of additional resources including a glossary of terms relevant to insurance coverage decisions.

The Cancer Insurance Checklist was created through a partnership of the following organizations: The Assistance Fund, Association of Community Cancer Centers, Avalere Health, Cancer Support Community, Chronic Disease Fund, Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation, International Myeloma Foundation, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer Alliance, Melanoma Research Foundation, Men's Health Network, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, National Patient Advocate Foundation, Oncology Nursing Society, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, Patient Advocate Foundation, Patient Services, Inc. and Prevent Cancer Foundation. Production costs for the Cancer Insurance Checklist were supported by a grant from Novartis Oncology.

About Living Beyond Breast Cancer

LBBC's mission is to connect people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support. National conferences, monthly webinars, regional community meetings, the Guides to Understanding Breast Cancer and a toll-free Breast Cancer Helpline are just a few examples of the services that are provided, always at little or no cost.

If someone you know has recently been diagnosed, is in treatment, recovery, years beyond their diagnosis or living with metastatic breast cancer, LBBC can help. For more information, visit lbbc.org, call (610) 645-4567 or download a free copy of Empower, LBBC's general information brochure.

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