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Reed Discusses Ensuring Equal Access to Treatments Act in Montour Falls

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Washington, DC, October 14, 2014 | comments

Today Tom Reed visited Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls to discuss his bipartisan Ensuring Equal Access to Treatments Act, that would ensure seniors suffering from cancer, heart disease and other illnesses have access to the most up-to-date, state-of-the-art treatments. The bill would require Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to use fair payment classifications for breakthrough bladder cancer treatments, as well as other clinically necessary services that are being negatively impacted by CMS policies.

“Caring for patients means putting them first,” Reed said. “Our bill will ensure that seniors have fair access to the proper, most up-to-date treatments for their condition. This is a message to Washington that their policies are having a negative effect on patients across our country.”

“I want to thank Congressman Reed for his leadership and efforts to ensure that individuals with bladder cancer get the best possible care,” said Edward Messing, M.D., chair of the UR Medicine Department of Urology. “The technologies and therapies used to detect and treat cancer are constantly evolving and our patients deserve access to these advances, regardless of their age or income level.”

The bill continues to garner support from the health industry including the Bladder Cancer Action Network, Society of Women’s Health Research (SWHR) and leading university medical centers such as the Mayo Clinic and Montefiore Medical Center in New York.

"We are grateful for Rep. Reed and the co-sponsors for their leadership on this issue. With so few advances in the disease, it is vital that patients have access to new technology. This change in the rule would greatly benefit the bladder cancer community,” said Monica Smith, Executive Director of Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN).


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