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As Congress considers changes to the Affordable Care Act, it is critically important that lawmakers maintain the patient protections that are so important to cancer patients and survivors, and ensure insurance coverage is truly affordable.  

We can never go back to the day when cancer patients couldn’t get health insurance coverage because they exceeded a lifetime limit or are denied coverage just because they survived cancer.  And, we must ensure they don’t experience any gap in their health insurance coverage and that their policies are truly affordable.

A study conducted by the American Cancer Society showed that people who are uninsured or underinsured are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer at its more advanced stages when treatment is more expensive and patients are more likely to die from the disease

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As Congress considers changes to the Affordable Care Act, it is critically important that lawmakers maintain the patient protections that are so important to cancer patients and survivors, and ensure coverage is truly affordable.  

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May 4, 2017

Today the House of Representatives passed a health care bill that could leave cancer patients, survivors and those at risk for the disease unable to access or keep quality health insurance.

May 3, 2017
Wisconsin

ACS CAN volunteers David and Kari Reilly shared with us a letter they submitted to the Janesville Gazette newspaper, describing the importance of reliable health insurance for their family. It reads: "Insurance coverage and patient protections are crucial to our family. David was diagnosed with and treated for cancer 20

April 26, 2017

As part of our ongoing campaign to ensure any changes to the current health care law protect the needs of cancer patients and survivors, ACS CAN continues to help Congress see the issues through the lens of people impacted by cancer. As part of this effort, ACS CAN President Chris

April 21, 2017

ACS CAN volunteer Stretch Tuemmler was there to tell his story. He wanted to be sure Maine Senator Susan Collins understood the impact of the health care debate on cancer patients like him. He didn't expect to be featured in a New York Times article covering the event. Read

Access to Health Insurance Resources

Numerous provisions of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), would adversely impact access to adequate and affordable health insurance coverage for cancer patients and survivors.

On April 25, 2017, the text of an amendment to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to be offered by Representative MacArthur (R-NJ) was released.  The amendment could undo several key protections that are critical for cancer patients and survivors – including the prohibition on pre-existing condition exclusions.

Since passage of the health care law in 2010 there have been significant changes in health insurance that have protected patients.  This fact sheet provides information on how changes to the health care market have directly affected the United States.