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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.

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Ask your Senators to vote "NO" on their health care bill

The U.S. Senate health care bill could lead to cancer patients and survivors being denied access to the quality and affordable care they need to treat and manage their disease.

Latest Updates

July 27, 2017
National

The U.S. Senate is reported to be considering a “skinny” health care repeal bill that according to earlier Congressional Budget Office estimates of similar repeal could cause 15 million Americans to lose their insurance coverage over the next ten years

July 24, 2017
National

A new report shows that while opportunities for coverage have improved, cancer patients still struggle with significant financial challenges in affording their treatment despite substantial reductions in out-of-pocket costs and patient protections under current law.

July 19, 2017
National

ACS CAN joined 12 other major patient advocacy groups in asking all Senators to vote no on repeal.

July 19, 2017
National

Any attempt to repeal the ACA without replacing it with equal or better coverage will leave our health care system in shambles. If the existing law is abolished, 32 million Americans could lose their insurance coverage in the next decade. This approach is completely unacceptable for the patients we represent.

Access to Health Care Resources

Reducing the cancer burden depends on access to meaningful health coverage for all Americans. ACS CAN created an infographic to help illustrate the difference between having access to affordable, adequate coverage and facing barriers to care when facing a cancer diagnosis.

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).