Thursday, February 20, 2014

Affordable Care Act requires insurers to cover clinical trials

The Affordable Care Act now requires health insurance companies to cover routine costs for clinical trial participants, the American Society of Clinical Oncology reminded clinicians in educational materials about the provision it released Feb. 4.

The group is concerned, it said, because "the federal government has not yet issued regulations to guide implementation of the new law," and, at least so far, has characterized it as a "self-implementing" statute that insurers are "expected to implement ... using a good faith, reasonable interpretation of the law."
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