As a cancer survivor, my health coverage is my lifeline. So you can imagine how much it meant to me when Sen. John Hoeven made a public statement that he would protect cancer survivors and ensure policy changes to the health care law would not threaten our access to health care.
It’s important for cancer survivors to have our senator’s support, particularly when a rule proposed by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar threatens our access to coverage. This rule would extend the availability of short-term health plans, lengthening the time they are available without requiring them to comply with critical patient protections.
This is a problem for me, as well as cancer patients and survivors nationwide, not to mention anyone at risk of developing this disease. Short-term plans are allowed to deny coverage to those who have a history of a cancer diagnosis. More comprehensive coverage that we need for recommended follow-up will likely cost more — a lot more — than plans sold to younger, healthier individuals.
I ask Sen. Hoeven to urge Azar to stop the flawed short-term plan regulation from moving forward so people like me who live with the fear of their cancer returning can have the peace of mind of knowing if it does, we’re covered.
Kathleen Donahue, Bismarck