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April 20, 2018
National

oday the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on proposed changes to rules governing short-term, limited duration insurance plans (STLD). The comments detail how the proposed rule could divide the individual insurance market and significantly weaken patient protections, leaving cancer patients and survivors with few meaningful or affordable coverage choices.

April 20, 2018
Virginia

A letter to the editor from Dr. Bruce Waldholtz, ACS CAN Board Member, was published in the Virginian Pilot. In the letter, Dr. Waldholtz writes that "we have the opportunity to provide quality health coverage to those who need it so they can see a doctor regularly and get lifesaving

April 20, 2018
Massachusetts

ACS CAN Massachusetts is focusing on a variety of issues in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. Below is an update on those that have had movement in the past month: Status of Tobacco Legislation ACS CAN priority legislation is currently in the House Ways and Means Committee. The current bill

April 20, 2018
Massachusetts

FY 18 Budget Affirms Medical Research and Cancer Prevention as Priorities On March 23, Congress passed and the President signed a Fiscal Year 18 federal budge t which includes: a $3 billion increase for medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—the largest such funding increase in

April 18, 2018
Oklahoma

As a child, she struggled with low platelet and red blood cell counts — an unusual combination of anemia in children. Doctors kept an eye on her health, and it would be three years before a genetic test of her bone marrow identified a duplicate chromosome that would ultimately lead to her Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). If untreated, MDS becomes leukemia.

April 18, 2018
National

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Six leading public health and medical organizations today urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take strong and immediate action to address the dramatic rise in teen use of Juul electronic cigarettes, which has been widely reported by media and educators across the United States. The

April 17, 2018
Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, PA – April 17, 2018 – Nearly 120 cancer patients, survivors and caregivers from across the state traveled to the State Capitol in Harrisburg today to meet with Pennsylvania’s lawmakers about the need for strengthening the Clean Indoor Air Act - which is 10 years old this year

April 17, 2018
Illinois

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteers Roger Crawford, of Washington, and Simona White, of Springfield, deliver more than 2,000 petitions to the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield on Tuesday, April 17.

April 16, 2018

Sugary drinks contribute to obesity, which is clearly associated with an increased risk of cancer development and recurrence, as well as decreased risk of survival, for many cancers. The city of Philadelphia enacted a tax on soda that was challenged in court. ACS CAN, along with 14 other public health