Listen to Sheryl Freeman's plea to help patients like her by supporting better access to cancer clinical trials.
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In April 2008, at the urging of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, the Ohio General Assembly introduced and passed legislation requiring Ohio based fully-funded insurance companies to pay for routine care costs for cancer patients enrolled in clinical trials. The law went into effect Oct. 4, 2008, with one of the strongest statutes in the country to date.
On Feb. 26, 2009, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced legislation that would protect access to treatment options for patients diagnosed with cancer. Brown’s Cancer Clinical Trials Act prevents insurance companies from denying patients participating in clinical trials coverage for the services they would otherwise receive under their healthcare plans. Companion legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY).
A federal policy change is needed to ensure that cancer patients covered by self-insured Employee Retirement Income Security Act plans and other plans limited by state
laws maintain benefits and services if individuals enroll in a
We encourage you to contact your legislators and insist they help make cancer a national priority by supporting legislation that will provide everyone access to clinical trials. We need to help ensure that patients and their families nationwide can focus on fighting cancer.
“When patients are denied access to cancer clinical trials, we lose our best hope of curing cancer. As a physician and researcher, I’ve seen firsthand patients who receive the latest treatments and live. And, I’ve also seen those patients - who are denied access to those same discoveries - lose their fight against the disease.”
Michael Caligiuri, MD
Director, Comprehensive Cancer Center
CEO, James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
J.L. Marakas Nationwide Insurance Enterprise Foundation Chair in Cancer Research
The Ohio State University