​Missouri State Legislature​

2019  Legislative Session

Rico Dence, Founder of Team Up Cancer, asked Representative and MD. Jim Neely to introduce Missouri MH 245 and Missouri HB 808. We need your help in encouraging legislators to pass the legislation.  Would you please send a letter supporting the legislation to Insurance Vice Chair  [email protected]? Can you also CC [email protected]?

You can read about both pieces of legislation below.

​Missouri HB 245

Missouri HB 808

Missouri HB 245 Requires insurance companies to cover fertility preservation procedures for insureds who are at least 18 years old and are diagnosed with cancer but have not started cancer treatment.
Imagine being told, after being diagnosed with cancer, that your treatment will prevent you from ever having future children. After treatment, you have either been rendered sterile or face a frighteningly high risk of miscarriage. Unfortunately, many women face this reality every day due to their insurance denying a $6,500 procedure to protect one fertility.
   Receiving cancer treatments is vital to patient health, but chemotherapy creates a lasting impact that most people do not think about. Chemotherapy has the potential to harm both the patients’ reproductive organs and damage cells. The damage that has been induced may make it difficult to conceive or may result in frequent miscarriages Click here to learn more
Missouri HB 808 Requires insurance companies, including MO HealthNet, to cover medically necessary dental procedures that are a result of cancer treatments.
Why this is needed: chemotherapy can affect the salivary glands, thus causing them to reduce saliva production. A reduction in saliva production is xerostomia or dry mouth.  Saliva production is vital to oral hygiene for it helps to prevent tooth decay. Saliva neutralizes acid on your teeth and gums, preventing it from attacking the tooth enamel causing cavities. Chemotherapy can affect the balance between beneficial and harmful bacteria in the mouth. Dry mouth can allow the harmful bacteria to take over and attach to your teeth, and promote tooth decay. Click here to learn more


  ​Sample Letter to Send to Legislator 

Send letter to Insurance Vice Chair [email protected], and CC [email protected] Thank you!
  
Dear Missouri Insurance Committee,  

Support Missouri HB 245
(Fill in your name),  I am writing in support of Missouri HB 245.  The legislation is need so women and men are no longer denied fertility insurance coverage prior to cancer treatment. Imagine being told, after being diagnosed with cancer, that your treatment will prevent you from ever having future children. After treatment, you have either been rendered sterile or face a frighteningly high risk of miscarriage. Unfortunately, many women face this reality every day due to their insurance denying a $6,500 procedure to protect one fertility.  
It is important that you make a positive difference and say yes to cancer survivors.

Support Missouri HB 808
Missouri HB 808 is a needed piece of legislation. Many cancer survivors have teeth issues after chemotherapy. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Your oral health is more important than you might realize. Get the facts about how the health of your mouth, teeth, and gums can affect your general health.” Healthy teeth are the first line of defense in healthy digestion and a healthy balance of bacteria.
Chemotherapy can affect the salivary glands, thus causing them to reduce saliva production.  A reduction in saliva production is xerostomia or dry mouth.  Saliva production is vital to oral hygiene for it helps to prevent tooth decay. Saliva neutralizes acid on your teeth and gums, preventing it from attacking the tooth enamel causing cavities. Chemotherapy can affect the balance between beneficial and harmful bacteria in the mouth. Dry mouth can allow harmful bacteria to take over and attach to your teeth and promote tooth decay. Passage of the legislation will help cancer survivors have improved quality of dental care and ensure better health after cancer treatment.


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