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

April 20, 2018

A letter to the editor from Dr. Bruce Waldholtz, ACS CAN Board Member, was published in the Virginian Pilot. In the letter, Dr. Waldholtz writes that "we have the opportunity to provide quality health coverage to those who need it so they can see a doctor regularly and get lifesaving

April 20, 2018

oday the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on proposed changes to rules governing short-term, limited duration insurance plans (STLD). The comments detail how 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.

April 16, 2018

Studies have shown that most patients are eager and willing to participate in clinical research, but that only a small fraction of them end up enrolling in clinical trials due to various enrollment barriers.

April 14, 2018

Reader's view: Don't take lifeline from cancer patients To the editor: I was diagnosed with cancer 31 years ago. Today, I'm cancer free. Unless you've gone through this fight yourself or walked through it with a loved one, it may be hard to understand just how difficult fighting can be

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