But two area congressmen say they’ll help people get the drugs they need, and the owner of Manchester Memorial and Rockville General hospitals says oncology patients can receive cancer drugs at those facilities “regardless of their ability to pay.”
Medical Oncology and Blood Disorders LLC, a community cancer clinic with offices in Hartford, Manchester, and Vernon, last month wrote its Medicare patients that it would “not be able” to treat them after the automatic federal spending cuts known as “sequestration” took effect Monday.
The clinic said that the cuts would lead to a 2 percent reduction in the Medicare payments it received.
But it added that the “real impact” of the cuts would be “greater than 2 percent” because many cancer drugs “will end up costing more than what we are paid to give them to our patients.”
The clinic asked its patients to join in fighting “these destructive sequester cuts to cancer care,” in part by contacting the president and congressmen.
Rep. John B. Larson, D-1st District, and Rep. Joseph D. Courtney, D-2nd District, said Monday that they would work to help any Medicare beneficiary having trouble getting treatment.
They added that they also are trying to resolve any problems with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services, Connecticut’s state healthcare advocate, and the Manchester-based health system that services 19 area towns, Eastern Connecticut Health Network.
“I voted against sequestration because I believes these cuts were an ill-advised way to address our fiscal problems,” Larson said.“Despite these budgetary concerns, no patient should have to worry about receiving cancer treatment.