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Providing Cancer Clinical Trials for Medicare Beneficiaries Less than three percent of cancer patients participate in clinical trials of new therapies Many scientists believe that higher participation could lead to the faster development of therapies for more of those in need Moreover the elderly who are most likely to get cancer often cannot participate in such trials because Medicare does not pay for such treatments until they are established as standard therapies Americans over 65 make up half of all cancer patients and are 10 times more likely to get cancer than younger Americans The budget would give more Americans access to these cutting-edge treatments and encourage higher participation in clinical trials by establishing a three-year 750 million demonstration program specifically for Medicare beneficiaries to cover the patient care costs for those who participate in certain federally-sponsored cancer clinical trials Although the Health Care Financing Administration which administers Medicare would run the demonstration it would be funded by specified receipts from national tobacco legislation and thus would not draw upon Medicares Hospital Insurance HI or Supplementary Medical Insurance SMI trust funds The proposal includes an evaluation after three years to consider whether to expand the demonstration Aid for the territories The budget proposes 153 million in increased funding under CHIP for Puerto Rico and the other four territories fulfilling the Presidents promise to provide more equitable funding for childrens health care in the insular areas bullet Health insurance for legal immigrant children The budget would give States the option to provide health coverage to legal immigrant children under Medicaid and CHIP Currently
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