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NCCN and the Affordable Care Act

February 26, 2014

Dear Community Member:

The mission of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), as an alliance of leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research, and education, is to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care so that patients can live better lives. NCCN supports access, quality, and steps toward more affordable health care for the benefit of all patients with cancer.

At NCCN Member Institutions, people with cancer have access to world-renowned experts who diagnose and treat patients with a broad spectrum of cancers and are recognized for dealing with complex, aggressive, or rare cancers. NCCN Member Institutions provide a multidisciplinary team approach to patient care—a concept and practice they pioneered—and innovative research that contributes significantly to understanding, diagnosing, and treating cancer.

NCCN supports efforts to bring greater transparency and clarity to the plans offered by the federal and state-run health exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act, as well as to the processes for referral of appropriately selected patients to academic cancer centers, so that patients can make informed choices, may receive care by the most appropriate health care team, and have access to state-of-the-art clinical trials.

Sincerely,
Robert W. Carlson, MD
Chief Executive Officer
NCCN