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.

Take Action

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

February 15, 2018
New Hampshire

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Amber Herting American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Phone: 508-450-8690 E-mail: [email protected] ACS CAN Applauds Sununu’s Commitment to Continued Access to Health Care for Granite Staters CONCORD – February 15, 2018 – Today, Governor Chris Sununu issued his annual State of the State

February 14, 2018

ACS CAN together with a dozen patient groups sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar today urging clarification that allowing health plans to be sold that would essentially discriminate against older and sicker individuals would violate numerous requirements of the health care law.

February 12, 2018

The administration released its FY19 budget today including a minimum $1 billion cut for medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), down from what the House and Senate committees have approved for FY 18 funding levels.

February 9, 2018

Congress passed a short-term extension to the FY18 spending bill that allows for an increase of at least $1 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for each of the FY18 and FY19 years, includes two years of funding for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and an additional four years of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

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