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Medical News & Perspectives
January 13, 2015

ASCO Calls for Medicaid Reform to Improve Cancer Care for Beneficiaries

JAMA. 2015;313(2):121-122. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.17358

State Medicaid programs must strengthen and expand access to high-quality cancer care for patients with low incomes, according to a new policy statement from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

About a fifth of the US population, or 67.9 million individuals, is enrolled in Medicaid, and an estimated 2.1 million of them either have cancer or have previously been treated for it, according to the ASCO statement (http://bit.ly/1z64gyS).

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