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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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To my U.S. Senators, please #KeepUsCovered

We're asking your U.S. Senators to ensure any changes to the health care law provide cancer patients and survivors with access to quality, affordable health coverage.

Latest Updates

June 27, 2017
New York

Thanks to the efforts of ACS CAN volunteers across the state, the NYS Legislature advanced a number of important bills to prevent and treat cancer. Tobacco Control E-cigarette loophole: Passed both houses. Under this proposal, e-cigarette use would be prohibited in areas covered by the state’s Clean Indoor

June 27, 2017
National

Sixty patients and consumers from across the country, each with their own personal health care story, gathered on Capitol Hill today to urge their senators to preserve quality health care access and coverage for millions of Americans.

June 23, 2017
National

Laurie credits Medicaid with saving her life. She shared her story last week at a Cleveland event organized by ACS CAN and other leading patient advocacy groups.

June 22, 2017

Washington, D.C., June 22, 2017—Based on a preliminary read of the Senate health bill released today, the proposed legislation appears to significantly weaken the ability of millions of cancer patients, survivors and those at risk for the disease to find and afford adequate, meaningful health care coverage. A statement from

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).