Trumpcare, Value Frameworks, GA Firefighter Cancer Bill Signed
In this week’s BioBlog we look at the AHCA bill contents as it was passed by the House, the need to revamp value frameworks to make them a useful tool, as well as an exciting new bill passed in Georgia to get firefighters covered for various types of cancer.
House Gives Green Light to Amended AHCA; Hospital, Industry Executives Disappointed But Not Surprised
The newly passed healthcare bill fails to protect access to healthcare and coverage for many Americans, leaving the healthcare industry disappointed.
In this CNN article, a liberal think tank on the newly passed healthcare bill is discussed, with special attention to the lack of coverage and provisions for individuals with pre-existing conditions, including cancer patients.
The Upton agreement that was added to the AHCA to help it pass added more funding to help fund coverage for pre-existing conditions, but the consensus is that the extra funding is insufficient and will only help a small number of people.
Updating current value frameworks is needed in order for them to be used as an effective tool in deciding whether certain drugs and treatment benefits outweigh their cost.
Recently Georgia passed a bill that will require insurance companies to provide insurance for firefighters for certain types of cancer.