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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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Expand funding for lifesaving breast and cervical cancer prevention programs

Congress should expand funding for a program that provides lifesaving mammograms and pap tests to thousands of American women each year.  Ask Congress to prioritize funding for these lifesaving cancer screenings.

Latest Updates

January 13, 2017

Today the House took the first step in repealing the Affordable Care Act, following Senate action earlier this week. As the process moves ahead, we urge lawmakers to craft a replacement plan that is immediately available and provides equal or better coverage for cancer patients and survivors.

January 5, 2017
National

Several of the nation’s leading patient organizations sent a letter to Congress today stressing the importance of protecting guaranteed access to comprehensive and affordable insurance coverage for patients with pre-existing health conditions.

January 4, 2017
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming

States would likely face increased costs and cancer patients and survivors could face delayed preventive, diagnostic and curative care under alternative Medicaid financing models being considered by Congress. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) today sent a letter detailing the organization’s concerns to select governors...

December 8, 2016

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) sent a letter to congressional leadership today stressing that any repeal of the health care law needs to be accompanied by an immediate replacement.

Access to Health Care Resources

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).

If you are a person living with cancer or a cancer survivor making sure that the health insurance plan you choose covers the prescription drugs you need is particularly important.