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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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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

December 12, 2017
Massachusetts, Massachusetts

ACS CAN Massachusetts will be focusing on a variety of issues in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. Below is an update on those that have had movement in the past month: While the legislature is still in session in December, we don’t expect movement on any of our issues until after

December 1, 2017
National

Today the U.S. Senate passed a tax bill that essentially repeals the nation’s health care law with no replacement plan. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), eliminating the insurance requirement from current law would lead to 13 million more Americans being uninsured by 2027 and would increase premiums by 10 percent annually.

Cancer Candor Blog
November 21, 2017
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Maine

The Maine Legislature passed and delivered bills to expand access to health coverage via Medicaid to Governor Paul Le Page five times over the last several years, only to be thwarted by a veto with each attempt. On this past Election Day, Maine voters finally had their say on the issue and overwhelmingly cast their ballots in favor of increasing access to affordable health coverage for low-income people in their state. The final vote on Maine’s Question 2 was 59 percent for expansion, clearly indicating that residents were in support of the idea.

November 15, 2017
National

ACS CAN has sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Leadership opposing a provision in the tax bill that would eliminate the mandate that Americans purchase health insurance coverage.

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