ADCC members have long championed the greatest possible access to our hospitals. Our survival rates are higher than at other hospitals, and we believe all patients should have access to the best care available.
Beginning in the 1990s and continuing to today, ADCC members have consistently sought the greatest possible access to their centers for all patients. Working both on the state level and nationally, members have:
- Fought so-called “narrow networks” – insurance plans that prohibit full access and thus limit the options of patients who may need state-of-the-art treatment.
- Encouraged state insurance officials to require that all health plans include at least one National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated center.
- The failure of state insurance commissioners to include NCI cancer centers deprives many patients of potentially life-saving treatments.
- Those who go out-of-network to be treated at an NCI facility are subject to delays in treatment and extraordinary financial hardship.
- Advocated broader coverage for Medicare-funded clinical trials, making these trials available to wider participation.
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