What Caught Our Eye (WCOE), May 20, 2017
What Caught Our Eye is our week-in-review blog series, where we recap the cancer policy articles, studies, and stories that caught our attention.

In the Spotlight

“AHCA could raise premiums for millions with pre-existing conditions”


Via Modern Healthcare: “Up to 6.3 million people could end up paying substantially higher premiums if a bill similar to the House’s Obamacare replacement becomes law, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.”
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Affordable Care Act

“Obamacare Helped Americans Detect Cancer Earlier”

Via Bloomberg News“The number of Americans whose cancers were diagnosed at the earliest stage, when it’s most likely to be cured, increased after Obamacare went into effect and more citizens had access to health insurance, a new study found.”
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“Can States Survive The Per Capita Medicaid Caps in the AHCA?”

Via Health Affairs“The proposed shift in fiscal responsibility from the federal government to the states is so large, no amount of new flexibility could allow a response that wouldn’t include large state tax increases or severe reductions in coverage that would affect the medical services needed by the millions now served by Medicaid.”
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“Sounds Like a Good Idea? High Risk Pools”

Via Kaiser Health News“High-risk pools are a key concept that helped House Republicans pass their replacement for the Affordable Care Act. This video explains high-risk pools and shows why they haven’t worked well in the past.”
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“Trump’s health chief pushes ‘waivers’ for states from Obamacare rules, as HHS says program in ‘death spiral'”

Via CNBC.com“The U.S. Health and Human Services Department — which oversees the Obamacare law — released a new tool Tuesday to help states seek waivers from certain Obamacare rules, as the department continued the Trump administration’s push to undercut the Affordable Care Act.”
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Cancer Policy

“One in Five Cancers Diagnosed in the United States Is a Rare Cancer”

A new report, appearing in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, finds rare cancers account for more than two in three cancers occurring in children and adolescents. The authors say the proportion of rare cancers is likely to grow as the use of molecular markers to classify cancers increases.
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Coping with Cancer

“ESPN’s Holly Rowe Finds Work Cathartic as She Battles Cancer”

Via New York Times — Holly Rowe, an ESPN sideline reporter, announced that she was again battling cancer and talks about how she finds work cathartic as she enters treatment:

“I don’t think about having cancer when I’m out here,” Rowe said before the tipoff of a W.N.B.A. game between the Minnesota Lynx and the Liberty, her first this season. “Monday, I have a CT scan and have treatment. I’ll be a cancer patient on Monday. I’m not thinking about it today.”
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“Counseling Improves Survivorship Plan Implementation for Low-Income Breast Cancer Survivors”

Via National Cancer Institute (NCI)“Results from a randomized clinical trial show that providing counseling to breast cancer survivors about their survivorship care plans may help their doctors provide better care.”
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