WASHINGTON – July 22, 2014 – Below is a joint statement of the American Cancer Society, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association in response to the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit:
WASHINGTON – July 22, 2014 – The nation’s leading groups representing patients with and survivors of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke issued the following statement today in response to the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in the case of Halbig v. Burwell.
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