Access to Health Care

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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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Expanding Short-Term Plans Is BAD For Cancer Patients And Survivors

Ask your member of Congress to reach out to Secretary Azar and ask him to stop the short-term plan rule from moving forward unless concerns from the patient community are addressed.

Latest Updates

August 14, 2018
Minnesota

ACS CAN Minnesota's Government Relations Director Ellie Beaver was featured on KARE-TV to talk about ACS CAN"s work and being involved in politics without being partisan. Watch the full interview here: https://www.kare11.com/article/entertainment/television/programs/news-at...

August 9, 2018
National

ACS CAN’s How Do You Measure Up? Repor t grades each state on where they stand on the issues that play a critical role in preventing cancer and improving cancer patients’ access to health care.

August 9, 2018
Idaho

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho is falling short when it comes to implementing policies and passing legislation to prevent and reduce suffering and death from cancer. According to the latest edition of How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality,

August 9, 2018

State lawmakers across the country are missing important opportunities to pass and implement proven legislative solutions to prevent and fight cancer, according to a report released today by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality grades states on the strength of evidence-based policies that help to prevent cancer, which kills roughly 1,670 people a day nationwide, forces patients to pay nearly $4 billion in out-of-pocket expenses every year and in 2015 cost the country more than $80 billion in direct medical expenditures.

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.

Provides information on health insurance options, tax credits and subsidies in every state. Consumers may be able to submit an application for health insurance directly through this site.

Provides information about enrolling in Medicare, including Part D prescription drug coverage, what Medicare covers, and how to contact Medicare with questions