Access to Health Care

ACS CAN advocates for policies that provide access to treatments and services people with cancer need for their care - including those who may be newly diagnosed, in active treatment and cancer survivors.

Workforce Resources:

These comments submitted to the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education address ways to ensure an adequate and appropriate cancer care workforce to treat cancer patients.

Medicare Resources:

ACS CAN commented in the FY2015 Medicare Hospice payment rule, in which we urged, among other things, for Medicare to develop a workable solution to better clarify when a prescription drug is covered under the Hospice or Part D benefit.

ACS CAN filed comments in response to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation's (CMMI's) request for information on specialty practitioner payment model opportunities.

In a letter to CMS Administrator Tavenner, ACS CAN joined other organizations urging CMS to reqire Medicare Advantage plans to provide coverage for clinical trials.

ACS CAN filed extensive comments in response to CMS' proposed rule implementing changes to the Medicare Part C and D programs, including opposing proposed changes to the Part D six protected classes.

In this 2013 report ACS CAN explored the relationship between Medicare and cancer, including how cancer affects the elderly and the financial impact the disease has on the Medicare program and its beneficiaries.

ACS CAN commented on CMS' Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) proposed rule. Our comments offered specific recommendations to improve the ACO program to better serve the needs of cancer patients and survivors.

Cancer patients and others who may suffer from multiple chronic conditions or long-term side effects from treatment would benefit from payment reform in Medicare.

Approximately 160 provisions in the final health care legislation will directly impact the millions of Americans who have or will face cancer. The following is a list of the most important provisions for the cancer community:

This Chartbook provides an overview of cancer among the elderly.


Disparities Resources:

Hispanic/Latina women have the highest incidence of cervical cancer compared to other races/ethnicities. In 2015 approximately 2,000 Hispanic/Latina women in the U.S. were expected to be diagnosed with cervical cancer and 600 were expected to die from the disease. This factsheet discusses the cervical cancer health disparities found in Hispanic/Latina women and way to reduce this disparity.


Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States. African American women have the highest death rate of all racial and ethnic groups, and are 42 percent more likely to die of breast cancer than white women. This factsheet discusses breast cancer disparities in African American women and solutions to help reduce this disparity. 

On November 10, 2015, ACS CAN hosted the first National Summit on Health Equity in St. Louis, Missouri.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are the foundation of our national  cancer research program and support research in every state. Today, that program is making remarkable progress in every area of discovery to improve cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and care.

Medicaid Resources:

ACS CAN, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association released a joint statement providing principles for any entitlement reform proposal.

ACS CAN joined together with the American Diabetes Association, American Lung Association and Families USA to highlight the importance of Medicaid for patients with chronic diseases.

Medicaid is a safety-net health program administered by the states and jointly financed by the states and the federal government.

Medicaid is a safety-net health program administered by the states and jointly financed by the states and the federal government. States have used the broad flexibility historically allowed in Medicaid to create many eligibility, coverage, and financing policies that meet the diverse needs of their populations and satisfy state budgets. Thus, benefits have varied considerably by state. 

Medicaid is currently a safety net system that does not serve nearly half of those living under the poverty line. Complex rules limit eligibility to people who fall into certain categories, such as pregnant women, children, the disabled, some parents, and women with breast and cervical cancer.