LIVESTRONG® Responds to Historic Signing of Health Care Reform Legislation Into Law
AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- March 23, 2010 -- Today, LIVESTRONG released the following statement from its president and CEO Doug Ulman, a three-time cancer survivor, regarding the signing of historic health care reform legislation.
"LIVESTRONG celebrates the creation of health care reform that will positively impact the lives of people affected by cancer across the United States.
"Study after study has shown that those who lack insurance or who are underinsured have higher cancer mortality rates than those who have insurance and therefore better access to care. This new law will provide access to health insurance for 32 million Americans who would otherwise be uninsured.
"This law will end discrimination by insurers against those with preexisting conditions and end arbitrary annual and lifetime caps on health insurance benefits. For the first time in our nation's history, routine costs for clinical trials that can save lives and improve the quality of life for many others will now be covered by insurance. And for young adults faced with a cancer diagnosis, a demographic that has long been forgotten by our current health care system, they can now be covered under their parents' insurance policy until their 26th birthday.
"LIVESTRONG believes this is a big step forward for the rights of cancer survivors and commends all those who have persevered to create an even health care playing field."
Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong and based in Austin, Texas, LIVESTRONG fights for the 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. LIVESTRONG connects individuals to the support they need, leverages funding and resources to spur innovation and engages communities and leaders to drive social change. Known for the iconic yellow wristband, LIVESTRONG's mission is to inspire and empower anyone affected by cancer. For more information visit www.LIVESTRONG.org.
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