No repeal without replace

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To the Editor:

I am a breast cancer survivor and my health coverage is my lifeline. I am currently undergoing the reconstructive phase for breast cancer and am on a five-year cancer drug Tamoxifin, which decreases the chances of developing a new breast cancer and recurrence of an old breast cancer or spread of cancer to distant sites (i.e. metastatic cancer). Access to timely treatment, affordable medications and regular mammograms are essential and the reason why I am alive today. Any breaks in coverage could mean delayed care for my cancer and dire consequences for my health.

As members of Congress begin to debate repeal and replace options for the current health care law, I am anxious for cancer patients, survivors and their families in Rhode Island who are relying on marketplace plans for their coverage, and I am grateful that Congressman Langevin has shown that he shares these concerns. Disruptions in care could be devastating for them, and the constant worry about how they might afford care in the future is an added stressor that no cancer patient needs.

Repealing the Affordable Care Act with no adequate and immediate replacement could destabilize the health care market and create gaps in care for millions of cancer patients, survivors and those at risk for the disease.

Congressman Langevin, please urge your colleagues to follow in your footsteps and work to guarantee continuous access to meaningful health coverage for cancer patients and their families in Rhode Island. Anything less than that simply can't be an option.

Karen McCahey District 2 Volunteer Lead,

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Johnston

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