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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Ask your Senator to vote "NO" on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill

There is a partisan bill gaining momentum in the U.S. Senate that we need to stop. Cancer patients and survivors will lose coverage and pay far more for the drugs and treatment they need. 

Latest Updates

September 20, 2017

The following letter was delivered to Gov. Mary Fallin's office on Sept. 20, 2017.

September 20, 2017

September 20, 2017 The Honorable Asa Hutchinson Office of the Governor State Capitol Room 250 Little Rock, AR 72201 Dear Governor Hutchinson, The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, is the nation’s largest patient advocacy organization, dedicated to eliminating death

September 19, 2017

Columbus, OH – Sept. 19, 2017 — Today, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) sent a letter to Governor Kasich calling on him to oppose a new proposal to repeal and replace the current health care law offered by Senators Graham and Cassidy. Instead, the letter calls

September 14, 2017

This week the Senate HELP Committee is hearing from bipartisan health care experts in its ongoing effort to strengthen the individual insurance market and ensure that meaningful, affordable health care coverage is available for millions of Americans, including cancer patients, survivors and their families.

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).