Cancer Society Celebrates Health Care Overhaul

By: Rick Montanez Email
By: Rick Montanez Email

While some continue the fight against the health care reform, the American Cancer Society in Colorado Springs is celebrating. It’s also hoping to see an increase in cancer survival rates.

Jennifer Geoffroy is a working mother in Colorado Springs. She found out she had breast cancer when she was 22. Thankfully for Jennifer, her insurance did cover her cancer treatments. But she says it was still a constant worry that her insurance may run out.

Jennifer is working now, but last May, exactly four years to the day she first found out about her disease, she found out her breast cancer was back. "It was hard," she said.

Along with her cancer, Jennifer’s thoughts of how to pay for tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills also came back. "You have the thought of, "oh my gosh, what if they don't cover it," recalled Geoffroy.”

"We believe that cancer incidents and mortality will dramatically be lowered with the passing of this legislation," said Chad Gufarotti, the business analyst director at the American Cancer Society. He said allowing access to cancer screenings and treatment will improve patient outcomes and lower medical costs. "The cost of treating cancer at stage one is so much cheaper than treating cancer at stage 4."

“It's great, I think it's a good step forward," said Jennifer. She’s been cancer free since October. With the new health care overhaul, she hopes other cancer patients won't have to deal with insurance worries like she had to. "That's one less headache and they could just focus on themselves.” They can also focus on getting better.

The American Cancer Society, like a lot of other organizations, isn't sure yet exactly how much of an impact the new health care law will have.

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