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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Expanding Short-Term Plans Is BAD For Cancer Patients And Survivors

Ask your member of Congress to reach out to Secretary Azar and ask him to stop the short-term plan rule from moving forward unless concerns from the patient community are addressed.

Latest Updates

June 19, 2018

The Department of Labor issued final rules governing the creation of association health plans. Under the rule, AHPs would be exempt from current benefit and cost-sharing requirements.

June 14, 2018

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) joined with four other national patient advocacy organizations today to file a legal brief or amicus curiae that describes the devastating impact patients would face if the district court rules the Affordable Care Act is not a valid law. Twenty

June 14, 2018

Patient groups representing millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions filed an amicus curiae or friend of the court brief in the U.S. District Court case, Texas v. United States , citing the devastating impact patients would face should the court side with plaintiffs and move to invalidate the Affordable Care Act.

June 8, 2018

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last night it will not defend several critical patient protections in the health law and instead is arguing to end them. If successful, the case could leave millions of Americans with serious illnesses unable to obtain health care 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