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Transcript African Americans and the Affordable Care Act

Hello. I’m Dr. Willie Underwood of Roswell Park Cancer Institute in New York. Many African Americans will want to know how the Affordable Care Act will affect cancer care. What you should know about the new law is this: The Affordable Care Act will help make health insurance coverage available for many people who otherwise would be uninsured, either because they couldn't afford to buy health insurance or because they were refused coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition, such as cancer. The law also requires insurance companies to cover certain cancer-related services, including some prevention and early detection services such as mammography, and makes it illegal for insurance companies to turn someone down because they are sick.