Press Release: Patient Advocacy Groups Urge States to Expand Medicaid, Ensure Coverage for Low-Income Adults

For Immediate Release: January 14, 2013

Washington, DC—The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance has partnered with ten patient advocacy organizations to launch Coverage Counts, a campaign urging state legislatures to expand Medicaid coverage for low income adults. Under the Affordable Care Act, states have the option of expanding Medicaid to cover all adults whose income is below 138 percent of the federal poverty level. The federal government will cover most of the costs of the expansion, which could offer coverage to more than 15 million low-income Americans.

“When we analyzed the numbers, we realized that thousands of women with ovarian cancer could benefit from Medicaid expansion,” said Calaneet Balas, Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance. “Expanding Medicaid is a win-win for states: it costs relatively little money, yet will make residents healthier and add to each state’s economy.”

The Coverage Counts campaign launched this week with a dedicated website: www.coverage-counts.org. Advocates can use the site to find information about how Medicaid expansion works and the likely impact in each state. The site also features personal stories of women and men who could benefit from Medicaid expansion, as well as ways for citizens and elected officials to take action.

The Coverage Counts campaign emerged from a working group led by Regulatory Action and Education for Patients (REAP) and was spearheaded by the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. Participating organizations include Blue Ribbon Advocacy Alliance, Colon Cancer Alliance, Fight Colorectal Cancer, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Lung Cancer Alliance, National Alliance on Mental Illness, National Patient Advocate Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is the foremost advocate for women with ovarian cancer in the United States. To advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer, the organization advocates at a national level for increases in research funding for the development of an early detection test, improved health care practices, and life-saving treatment protocols. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance educates health care professionals and raises public awareness of the risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is a 501 (c) (3) organization established in 1997.

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For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact Amanda Davis at adavis@ovariancancer.org or (202) 331-1332.