24-Year-Old Lung Cancer Patient Ashley Murosky Returns to Capitol Hill to Urge U.S. Senators to Reject ‘Graham-Cassidy’ Bill
Ashley joins with other patients across the Nation to make an urgent plea to preserve quality, affordable healthcare coverage for the millions of Americans fighting for their lives
(September 22, 2017) -
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A local 24-year-old Wayne resident Ashley Murosky, will return to Washington, D.C., for the fourth time this year on Monday to continue to share her fight with lung cancer and how the current healthcare repeal debate would be devastating for cancer patients. Murosky, along with other patients across the nation, will urge their Senators to reject the "Graham-Cassidy" health bill and to preserve quality, affordable healthcare and coverage for millions of Americans.
Murosky out of fear and frustration has joined the healthcare debate that could potentially put her and millions of cancer patients at risk if the current "Graham-Cassidy" healthcare bill moves forward. In April she participated in LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day with Senate and House meetings. In June, she testified at a Town Hall meeting in Philadelphia on the Affordable Care Act advocating about her concern for pre-existing conditions and lifetime caps on coverage. Later in June, she appeared at a House of Representatives' Cancer Caucus briefing on the importance of cancer funding at the National Institutes of Health.
"Quality and affordable healthcare is important for everyone, but even more so for people like me. This bill gives insurance companies to ability to charge me and the millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions thousands of dollars more in premiums," Murosky said.
Murosky learned firsthand the importance of healthcare, when she was first diagnosed with lung cancer at the age of 19, as a sophomore while attending Penn State University. Her diagnosis was shocking, and occurred by chance after a campus doctor was proactive and decided to take an X-ray of a pulled muscle after she had sneezed. That X-ray showed a mass on the upper lobe of her right lung and shortly thereafter was diagnosed as lung cancer.
"That's the scary thing about lung cancer," Murosky said. "It can go virtually unnoticed without any symptoms – which is why early detection and affordable, quality healthcare is vital to all Americans and everyone impacted by lung disease."
"‘Essential health benefits' is not a catch phrase, it truly means that it will protect millions of American patients from financial ruin by prohibiting lifetime and annual coverage caps. More importantly, eliminating the essential health benefits also creates a backdoor to exclude patients with pre-existing conditions by allowing plans to eliminate coverage for chemotherapy or other lifesaving treatments and services," stated Murosky.
Murosky will speak at the "Protect Patients NOW" press event to preserve healthcare, which will happen at 11 a.m. ET on Monday, September 25, 2017, shortly before the bill's only scheduled hearing. The press event is being organized by numerous different patient and consumer groups, including the American Lung Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Consumers Union, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The groups strongly oppose the legislation's key provisions, including giving states the option to waive essential health benefits, allowing insurers to charge people more based on their health status, and dramatically cutting critical Medicaid funding.
"The American Lung Association is proud to stand alongside Ashley and other patients to ensure the voices of patients are heard during this healthcare debate," said American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer.
The groups call on lawmakers to ensure any changes to current law makes health coverage affordable, accessible, adequate and easy to understand.
For media interested in speaking with Murosky, other patients or health and policy experts about the importance of quality, affordable healthcare, contact Ewa Dworakowski at the American Lung Association at 717-541-5864 ext. 130 or Ewa.Dworakowski@Lung.org.
For media interested in attending the event, please contact Allison Miller to RSVP at Allison.Miller@cancer.org.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.