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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Senators: Thank you for standing up for cancer patients and survivors

Please join us in thanking those U.S. Senators who voted against the bill that could have harmed millions of cancer patients and survivors.

Latest Updates

August 15, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) today released its assessment of what would happen to health insurance premiums should the administration stop paying cost-sharing reductions (CSRs). The CBO projects the average monthly premiums would increase 20 percent next year and 25 percent by 2020.

August 3, 2017

The Senate has advanced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Reauthorization Act, which expands four separate user fee agreements on new drugs, generic drugs, medical devices, and biosimilars, and includes a provision to maximize the development of therapies for children with cancer.

July 28, 2017

The U.S. Senate fell short of the votes needed to pass legislation that would have repealed parts of the current health care law, likely resulting in millions losing health insurance and patients paying more for less coverage.

July 27, 2017

The U.S. Senate is reported to be considering a “skinny” health care repeal bill that according to earlier Congressional Budget Office estimates of similar repeal could cause 15 million Americans to lose their insurance coverage over the next ten years

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).