In Depth: Proposed cuts to Medicare reimbursement
For those in the Bronx living with cancer, proposed Medicare cuts could affect their treatment.
Bronx resident Thomas Twyman was diagnosed with throat cancer a few months ago. He says his fight with the disease has been the toughest experience of his life.
For Twyman and others suffering with cancer, chemotherapy is often part of their treatment. But, now the government is considering bills that could cut $16 billion to Medicare reimbursements, mainly for chemo drugs. Currently doctors have had large profit margins on cancer drugs, but the proposed bills would cut back on that profit.
If doctors can no longer afford to administer the drugs than many clinics could be in jeopardy of closing.
So far, the House and Senate have struggled with the issue. The initial deadline for an agreement was this summer and then it was extended to the end of October. Now the new deadline is to have an agreement sometime this month.