Petition Closed
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives and 3 others

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Please act to protect Oregon's cancer patients!

 

The Oregon Health Evidence Review Commission approved a new guideline that will deny some coverage of some potentially life-saving treatments to desperate cancer patients.  Right now, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently determining if Oregon can move forward with this plan.  Sign the petition now and ask officials at CMS to halt implementation of these new policies!

Letter to
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
Director, Division of State Demonstrations & Waivers Diane Gerrits
and 1 other
Director, Disabled & Elderly Health Programs Barbara Edwards
I hope that you will add your voice to those of Oregon’s cancer patients and oppose a new policy that will deny coverage of potentially life-saving treatments. Under this proposed policy, cancer patients who meet state determined criteria would no longer have their cancer treatments covered under Medicaid by the Oregon Health Plan.

We believe that cancer patients should have the ability to make informed decisions with their healthcare providers about their treatments. The government should not deny patients the right to have that opportunity.

No doctor, even a specialist, knows how long a person has to live. The State is certainly not qualified to evaluate a patient’s prognosis and decide if someone lives or dies. Think of the mothers, fathers, sons and daughters who will never be given the chance for extra days, months and years to spend with their families. With this policy, Oregon has established arbitrary criteriafor a person's life, and has taken away the hope of a cure.

You and your colleagues at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have the ability to reject these proposed changes to the Oregon Health Plan. Please stand up for patients and their families and halt implementation of the new Guideline 12.

Thank you in advance for your support of Oregon’s cancer patients.