Access to Health Care


Every American deserves access to quality, affordable health care. From cancer screenings like mammograms and colonoscopies to the latest breakthroughs in treatment, everyone should have access to the care that could prevent cancer and save their life.  In addition, ensuring that low-income working families have access to affordable health insurance is proven to reduce overall health care costs. 

We are working in every state and in Congress to expand health care options and protect existing laws that help patients get true access to the care they need. 

People without health insurance are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer at a late stage, when the disease is harder to treat, more costly and more difficult to survive.

Take Action

Photo of Cancer Survivor

Expand funding for lifesaving breast and cervical cancer prevention programs

Congress should expand funding for a program that provides lifesaving mammograms and pap tests to thousands of American women each year.  Ask Congress to prioritize funding for these lifesaving cancer screenings.

Latest Updates

February 17, 2017

Minnesota’s leading patient advocacy groups will gather on Feb. 22, 2017, to deliver the message that any changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) must maintain critical patient protections and ensure coverage is affordable and adequate.

February 15, 2017

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule changing regulations for Affordable Care Act marketplace insurance plans. Of particular concern to those affected by cancer are proposed changes to special enrollment periods and essential community provider requirements that are included in available insurance plans.

February 2, 2017

Requiring people to maintain continuous health insurance coverage or risk the imposition of higher premiums could pose significant burdens to cancer patients and survivors, according to Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society.

January 26, 2017

Mina had a plan. The ambitious 25-year old had just finished graduate school and was preparing to enter the Peace Corps. But, she began having pain in her knee, and just three weeks after graduation, Mina was diagnosed with bone cancer. Prior to her diagnosis, Mina’s parents heard about a

Access to Health Care Resources

ACS CAN submitted this letter to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services about the 2018 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters proposed rule.

If you are enrolled in Medicare you have the opportunity – between October 15, 2016 and December 7, 2016 – to renew your existing Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (also known as Medicare Part D).

If you are a person living with cancer or a cancer survivor making sure that the health insurance plan you choose covers the prescription drugs you need is particularly important.