The Issue

When it comes to cancer, patients don’t have time to waste on unnecessary bureaucracy – they need quick answers to life-threatening problems.

Today, too many people fighting cancer are also battling restrictive, complex insurance policies and processes that make it difficult or even impossible to receive proton radiation therapy that their doctors prescribe.

While some patients enjoy a smooth insurance approval process for proton therapy, others – even with the same disease and treatment recommendation – are subjected to delays and in some cases, denial of treatment. As a result, patients are suffering undue health risks, anxiety, and financial hardship when they are already struggling to survive cancer.

All cancer patients deserve timely access to the best available treatment recommended by their physicians. And they deserve an insurance process that is fast, fair and transparent.

That’s why the Alliance launched a national advocacy campaign, Tell Insurers: Fight Cancer, Not Me, to advocate on behalf of cancer patients in need of proton therapy. We’ve issued letters to hundreds of insurers across the country, demanding transparency and a commitment to a fair and fast proton therapy approval process.

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PROTON PATIENT BILL OF RIGHTS

Patients should be able to receive quick answers and fair treatment from insurance companies when faced with a cancer diagnosis. They deserve:

  1. TIMELINESS. Cancer patients deserve prompt answers about whether proton therapy treatment will be covered by their insurance provider.
  2. TRANSPARENCY. Cancer patients deserve a clear understanding of why their proton therapy is approved or denied by their insurer.
  3. FAIRNESS. Cancer patients deserve a fair determination of coverage for proton therapy, based on the recommendations and analysis of experts in the field, including the treating oncologist.

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Patients and family members are the most powerful advocates for fair and timely proton therapy access. You know best what needless delays and denials of treatment can mean for patients who are fighting to survive cancer.