Letter: Sequester hurting cancer patients

Residents can safely dispose of expired or unused Residents can safely dispose of expired or unused medications during a “Shed the Meds” event on Saturday. Photo Credit: Newsday, 2012 / Audrey C. Tiernan

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The article on “unintentional” budget effects of the sequester on Medicare cancer patients sent chills down my spine.

Because cancer drugs must be administered by physicians, the coverage becomes Part B billable instead of Part D, making it cost-prohibitive for clinics treating older patients.

The saddest part of this is we are all standing around buying this “unintentional” explanation, instead of asking our legislators to go back, re-examine this portion of the budget process, and amend this “mistake.”

Margaret Orsino, Bellport
 

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