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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Close the loophole resulting in big colonoscopy bills for Medicare patients

Under Medicare, there should be no co-pay for a colonoscopy. But, if the doctor removes a polyp, you can wake up to a big bill. Ask Congress to end the loophole that allows this surprise charge.

Latest Updates

May 21, 2018

Your voices made a difference! We asked our volunteers to send an e-mail to Governor Northam in opposition to a state bill that would have expanded the length of time that people could utilize short-term insurance plans. This bill was a bad idea because plans like this can allow

Cancer Candor Blog
May 17, 2018

Last week the president introduced a proposal to rein in the cost of prescription medications in the U.S. I commend the administration for prioritizing an issue that so acutely impacts those who have been diagnosed with cancer.

May 11, 2018

Proposals expected to be announced as part of the administration's American Patients First plan, include various changes to Medicare’s prescription drug program, such as protecting beneficiaries from catastrophic costs through an out-of-pocket maximum, and requiring plans to share a minimum portion of drug rebates with patients.

May 9, 2018

I am gravely concerned about a bill being considered by the Minnesota legislature that would add unnecessary challenges to the mountain cancer patients have to climb. This bill would impose a work or community engagement requirement as a condition of eligibility for Medicaid and could result in cancer patients, survivors,

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