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

Urge Congress to save community health centers and fund the Health Center Program

Congress has to act by September 30, 2017 to save vital funding for community health centers in every state across the country. However, they have yet to take action, which could require centers to close. Ask your lawmakers to act today!

Latest Updates

March 22, 2018

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed an FY 18 federal budget, which includes; a $3 billion increase for medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—the largest such funding increase in 15 years; and a $275 million increase for the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

March 20, 2018

Twenty organizations representing millions of patients and consumers across the country sent a letter to the Secretaries of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury urging the administration to address patient concerns before finalizing troubling rules that as currently drafted would undermine access to affordable, comprehensive health coverage.

March 20, 2018
South Dakota

The 2018 South Dakota Legislative Session ended on March 9 with 570 bills introduced. This was a significant increase from the 388 introduced in 2017 and 418 in 2016. The ACS CAN South Dakota team worked on many issues that will assist in the fight against cancer. Some key highlights

March 6, 2018

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) submitted comments to the Department of Labor regarding proposed changes to rules governing association health plans (AHPs). The comments detail several ways 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.

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