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Report: Economy Putting Squeeze on Iowans with Cancer

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 By Dick LaymanContact
February 5, 2009

Des Moines, IA – Cancer can be a diagnosis for financial ruin. That's the finding in an analysis of individual calls to the Health Insurance Assistance Service of the American Cancer Society. The service helps families affected by cancer who encounter problems navigating the health care system. The analysis shows that even when a patient has health insurance, the costs can be too much to bear, says Peggy Huppert with the Iowa chapter of the American Cancer Society.

"If any one of us were to be diagnosed with cancer tomorrow, we're not sure that it might not bankrupt us, even if we do have health insurance. That's what the report shows."

Huppert says many private insurance plans have high co-pays and deductibles, and some treatments are not covered at all, which can all lead to huge medical bills. She says it's government's role to come up with a solution.

"We are talking about affordability, accessibility, having it administratively simple and making sure that everyone is covered for the things that they need to be covered for."

Huppert says making these changes would help the country's economy, too, since the number one cause of bankruptcy in the U.S. is unexpected medical bills.

The report will be released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the American Cancer Society. It is available online at

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