Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) this week was presented with the “Medicare Part B Patient Access Champion Award” by leaders of New Jersey’s life science sector, rare disease community and senior citizen advocates.   Lance, a member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, was selected for the recognition for his leadership in the House of Representatives for protecting Medicare Part B, an essential program for the Nation’s senior citizens and those who rely on physician and nursing services, diagnostic tests and physician-administered medicines including chemotherapy.

“I am humbled by this honor.  Preserving Medicare Part B is vital to delivering high quality health care to a wide array of patients across the Nation.  Many rely on the stability of the program to receive the care they need: access to live-saving medicines, therapies to improve a condition, new and innovative treatments or even a cure.  I am proud to stand with the leaders of the life science and rare disease communities in working to preserve Medicare Part B,” said Lance after the special ceremony.      

Frederick Touzeau, a disabled veteran and senior citizen from Whitehouse, New Jersey attended the presentation. “I am grateful to be a part of today’s award presentation to thank the Congressman for all his hard work on behalf of senior citizens, veterans and patients by preserving Medicare Part B benefits, we are lucky to have fighting for us in Washington.”

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Medicare Part B drugs are usually those administered in a physician’s office or hospital outpatient setting including injectable and infused drugs, drugs used in conjunction with durable medical equipment, oral drugs for cancer treatment and some self-administered drugs in an outpatient setting.  These issues are of great important to the cancer and rare disease space.  As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Chair of the Congressional Rare Disease Caucus, Lance has worked to keep costs low for the patients and worked to stabilize the Medicare system.  Just last week, Lance also supported H.R. 2, the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act” — bipartisan legislation that will repeal Medicare’s flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and replace it with new permanent system that will provide better health care and real savings for taxpayers.  By putting Medicare on a more sustainable fiscal path and giving physicians the certainty of stable payment, participation with be encouraged, access will be improved and ultimately costs on the patients and taxpayers will fall.

I will continue to fight for Medicare Part B as hard as the cancer and rare advocates fight for their loved ones,” concluded Lance.

Coalition members (Left to right in photo):

Lisa Schill, RASopathies Network USA

Frederick Touzeau, a senior citizen advocate from Whitehouse, NJ

Rebecca Perkins, BioNJ

Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07)

Dean Paranicas, HealthCare Institute of New Jersey

Lori Heberley, South Jersey Geriatric Care PC