U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) took a key step toward ensuring access to the best cancer treatments for patients across the country by unveiling a bipartisan bill to end the unfair practice of allowing insurance companies to charge more for certain chemotherapy drugs.

The Cancer Treatment Parity Act of 2013, authored and introduced by the Senators, would help give people battling cancer access to the treatments they need, when they need it. Nationwide, almost 14 million Americans are living with a cancer diagnosis, and more than 1.6 million new cases will be identified this year. But right now, many of these cancer patients can’t access certain chemotherapy drugs because of misaligned insurance coverage policies that result in prohibitively high costs for some types of treatments. READ MORE…

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