New Medicare Rules Bar Cancer Drugs for Patients

However, because the CMS ruling on these new policies came so late in the year, many believe there is little that can be done before the changes are instituted in less than month.

Legislatures in Washington have a small window of time left to intervene before the end of the year. "It is just not right for the government to take away a treatment that is so effective and is life saving," Kaminski said.

Doctors are hoping legislative action can halt the payment cuts for now so that more accurate calculations can be gathered over the next year to further refine the costs.

"We tell our patients to write their congressmen," said Silver.

Meanwhile, Foster continues to speak out on behalf of the treatment that saved her life and hopes the decision of CMS to cut reimbursement is somehow reversed.

"They are penalizing patients if they eliminate this therapy," she said. "It would be an absolute travesty if people aren't given this treatment."

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