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.

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Tell Congress to vote "NO" on the House bill to replace the Affordable Care Act

The U.S. House bill to replace the Affordable Care Act - as it stands now - will make quality health insurance unaffordable for too many cancer patients, survivors and their families.

Latest Updates

March 24, 2017

Today the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). This bill, in its current form, would significantly alter the accessibility, adequacy and affordability of meaningful health insurance for millions of Americans, including those who have coverage through Medicaid.

March 16, 2017

Patients, doctors and several of the nation’s leading organizations that advocate for better health care for chronic disease patients joined today to express significant concerns about the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which is currently being debated in the U.S. House of Representatives.

March 13, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that under the House-proposed American Health Care Act the number of uninsured will increase by 14 million in 2018, 21 million by 2020 and then 24 million by 2026 relative to current law.

March 7, 2017

About a dozen cancer patients, survivors and volunteers rallied outside the Salisbury office of U.S. Rep. Andy Harris earlier today to deliver the message that any changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) must maintain critical patient protections while ensuring that coverage is affordable and adequate. Any changes to the law should provide equal or better coverage of cancer prevention, treatment and follow-up care.

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).