Access to Health Insurance


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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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.

January 26, 2018
New Hampshire, New Hampshire

CONCORD — Dozens of cancer patients, survivors and their families from throughout New Hampshire are expected to gather at the State House next week to ask legislators to protect youth from the dangers... Read more: Eagle Times - Cancer survivors, others want to hike age for tobacco sales

January 4, 2018

As directed by the president’s executive order, the Department of Labor issued proposed rules governing the expansion of association health plans (AHP).

Access to Health Insurance Resources

On January 16, 2018, ACS CAN filed comments in response to CMS’ proposed rule implementing changes to the Medicare Part C and Part D programs. ACS CAN commented on a number of proposed policies:

Many patients with complex diseases like cancer find it difficult to afford their treatments – even when they have health insurance.  Current law establishes a limit on what most private insurance plans can require enrollees to pay in out-of-pocket costs.  These limits protect patients from extremely high costs and are essential to any health care system that works for cancer patients and survivors.