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Health-care law guarantees insurance coverage for patients in clinical trials
Washington Post

When Richard Crusoe was diagnosed with a rare form of soft tissue cancer called liposarcoma, the retired firefighter and his family pinned their hopes of slowing the cancer’s advance on a drug that was being tested in a clinical trial.

Crusoe, then 57, was approved for the trial, and he and his wife flew from their home in Pembroke Pines, Fla., to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to get the treatment last September. But the day before he was supposed to begin the trial, researchers told the Crusoes that he wouldn’t be able to participate after all. The reason: His health plan was refusing to cover his routine medical care during the trial.