What Caught Our Eye (WCOE), October 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.

Affordable Care Act

“The Senate’s new Obamacare stabilization deal, explained”

By Dylan Scott, Vox.comWe have an Obamacare stabilization deal. Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, who had been working with Democratic Sen. Patty Murray for the past few months, announced it this afternoon.

This would be the gist, per the summary I obtained and conversations with lobbyists:

  • Funding for cost-sharing reduction payments for the rest of 2017, 2018, and 2019
  • Funding for state Obamacare outreach
  • Expanded eligibility for the law’s catastrophic plans, which is currently limited to people under age 30
  • Some more state flexibility under the Obamacare 1332 waiver program, streamlined approvals, and longer waiver length

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“24 senators co-sponsor bipartisan ObamaCare deal”

By Jessie Hellmann, The HillThe bipartisan deal to stabilize ObamaCare’s markets has 24 co-sponsors, Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) announced Thursday.

Twelve Republicans and 12 Democrats signed on to the bill, which would continue ObamaCare’s insurer subsidies for two years and give states more flexibility to waive ObamaCare rules.
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“Greenstein: Alexander-Murray Agreement an Important Step Toward Bipartisanship on Health Care”

Center for Budget and Policy Priorities StatementThe agreement that Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray announced yesterday represents an important step toward bipartisan action on health care and away from damaging attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), radically overhaul and cut Medicaid, and take coverage away from tens of millions of people.
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Coping With Cancer

“Sperm Banking Underutilized in Young Male Cancer Patients”

By Roxanne Nelson, MedscapeFertility preservation through sperm banking is underutilized among male adolescents who have been newly diagnosed with cancer, according to a new study of these patients. Only about half of the patients involved in the study (53%) made an attempt to bank sperm, and fewer than half (44%) were successful.
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“Cancer Stress and Coping With Change”

By Barbara Tako, CureI think multi-tasking and change are harder for cancer survivors or maybe chemotherapy survivors? Feeling more fragile since cancer? Here are some coping tools that I use…
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Cancer News

“Cutting-edge immunotherapy treatment approved for another deadly cancer”

By Laurie McGinley, Washington PostThe Food and Drug Administration approved a second version of a groundbreaking treatment Wednesday that genetically alters patients’ cells to attack cancer — this time, to fight aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
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“Cancer drug prices rising far faster than inflation”

By Gene Emery, ReutersThe prices of injectable cancer drugs – even older medicines around since the 1990s – are increasing at a rate far higher than inflation, researchers report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
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“New Class of Clinical Trial Enhances Research on Cancer Care Delivery”

By Leah A Scaramuzzo, Oncology Nurse AdvisorI have heard about a new class of clinical trials called Cancer Care Delivery Research (CCDR). What is a CCDR clinical trial and how does it differ from clinical trials that test new drugs? Are nurses involved in these trials? How do I find out more?
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