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Cancer health care for Ohioans

To the editor:

No one ever wants to receive bad news from their doctor. But for many Ohioans living with cancer and their loved ones — like so many of my loved ones and friends — this scenario is all too real.

Out-of-pocket health care costs are on the rise with some Ohioans unable to access the life-saving treatments and medications recommended by their providers. Far too many individuals have been forced to drain their savings to pay for treatment. Others have had to choose between paying their bills and refilling prescriptions.

To help pay for their prescriptions, some patients rely on financial assistance programs offered by drug companies or other third parties. But insurers don’t always count those assistance programs toward a patient’s deductible or out-of-pocket maximum, leaving patients with unaffordable costs once their assistance program is exhausted.

No one should be penalized for utilizing a financial assistance program to afford their care. Especially those who are living with cancer. There is legislation currently being considered in Ohio that would address this issue. I am asking Rep. Ginter to support the passage of this legislation and to work with other elected officials to get it into law soon. 

Jean Geist,

Salem

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