The Children's Cause weighed in this past week with official statements relating to two major pieces of headline news: the Supreme Court's decision in King v. Burwell and California's passage of mandatory vaccine legislation. We are pleased to report that the outcome of these hot-button policy issues were public health victories that will benefit children with cancer and childhood cancer survivors:
- The King v. Burwell decision upholding insurance subsidies eliminates childhood cancer survivors' fears that they might lose insurance coverage. There is more work to be done to realize the full potential of the Affordable Care Act and its insurance marketplaces, but last week's favorable high court ruling provides important security for childhood cancer survivors who rely on premium subsidies to afford their much-needed coverage. [Read our full statement].
- We applaud California for becoming the third state in the nation to ban non-medical exemptions for immunizations. "This issue hits close to home for families of children with cancer, since immunocompromised children rely on the strength of 'community immunity' to keep them safe," said Susan Weiner, our president and founder. "A family battling pediatric cancer faces many unavoidable health challenges, but they should never have the life of their child threatened by a disease that could have been prevented if only their peers had been appropriately vaccinated." [Read our full statement].
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