Curran Defends Chemotherapy Patients

Assemblyman expands insurance coverage for chemotherapy treatments
June 24, 2011

Assemblyman Brian Curran (Lynbrook – 14th A.D.) today voted for legislation he co-sponsored, Assembly bill 6233, which requires oral chemotherapy to be covered by insurance providers. Oral chemotherapy is in pill form and is a common form of chemotherapy.

“The nature of a chemotherapy treatment should be irrelevant when it concerns a cancer patient’s insurance coverage,” said Curran. “People who are going through chemotherapy should not have insurance claims on their mind. They should be at ease knowing their insurance will cover their treatments.”

Chemotherapy patients routinely pay more for oral chemotherapy because insurance companies classify it as a prescription, which is very costly. By redefining oral chemotherapy, patients will save thousands of dollars and will have more access to this potentially life-extending treatment. The treatment also offers patients the convenience of being in their own home instead of making a trip to the hospital for each session of chemotherapy.

“This legislation truly helps patients going through chemotherapy because it redefines the insurance coverage on treatments. It is important that these treatments are easily covered so individuals who cannot afford the out-of-pocket costs don’t go without the help they need,” said Curran.