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    [by Laura Skopec].
    Digital2015
    In 2014, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) analyzed coverage of cancer drugs in the health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and found that transparency of coverage and cost-sharing requirements were insufficient to allow cancer patients to choose the best plan for their needs. In this updated analysis, we found that coverage transparency has improved somewhat since 2014, but significant barriers remain for cancer patients. To address these barriers, we provide nine recommendations to states and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to increase transparency of coverage and cost-sharing, ensure adequate access to medically necessary drugs via an exceptions process, make cost-sharing more predictable and affordable for patients, and monitor the marketplace for evidence of discrimination against persons with high-cost conditions such as cancer.