What Caught Our Eye (WCOE), March 23, 2018
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

“Health insurers say the GOP-led Congress’ inaction on ACA stabilization legislation is sure to hurt consumers”

Bruce Japsen, Forbes.comAfter months of negotiating around an ACA stabilization package that was set to be included in this week’s spending bill, no agreement was made and the stabilization provisions were left out of the spending package all together.
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Happy Anniversary to the ACA

This week is the 8th anniversary of the passage of the ACA. Share your story about the ACA saved your life and show our elected officials why health care matters.
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“Getting Sick Can Be Really Expensive, Even for the Insured”

Margot Sanger-Katz, New York TimesWhen you get really sick, the medical bills may not be your biggest financial shock.

New research shows that for a substantial fraction of Americans, a trip to the hospital can mean a permanent reduction in income. Some people bounce right back, but many never work as much again. On average, people in their 50s who are admitted to the hospital will experience a 20 percent drop in income that persists for years. Over all, income losses dwarfed the direct costs of medical care.
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Coping With Cancer

“Black Cancer Matters”

Susan Gubar, New York Times Well BlogLike many people, I attribute my cancer to bad luck. So the feature-length documentary “Company Town” shocked me. It contends that the economic consequences of racial discrimination increase cancer risk.
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“5 Ways to Feel Less Isolated After a Cancer Diagnosis”

Martha Carlson, Cure MagazineIt’s easy to become that isolated, and it can happen quickly. One day I had a life, the next day I had cancer.
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Cancer News

“At-home genetic testing may be convenient, but it isn’t complete”

Susan M. Domchek, STAT NewsWhile most home-delivery conveniences are generally changing our lives for the better — giving us more time and choices — at-home genetics kits that reveal information about the risk of developing certain cancers represent a risky step in our on-demand culture.
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“340B Program Gone Awry”

Elsa Pearson and Austin Frakt, STAT NewsHospitals and clinics serving high risk, high need patient populations have long benefited from a federal program called 340B that allows them to buy medicines from drug makers at a steep discount. But there’s mounting evidence that the program has been exploited.
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“Paying Hospitals to Keep People Out of Hospitals”

Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health NewsMaryland essentially pays hospitals to keep people out of the hospital. Analysts often describe the change as the most far-reaching attempt in the nation to control the medical costs driving up insurance premiums and government spending.
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