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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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Latest Updates

November 15, 2017
Maryland

Easton Doctor of Nursing and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Ambassador Receives Abeloff Award for Excellence in Public Health and Cancer Control from Maryland Department of Health Dr. Michele Williams has received the 2017 Martin D. Abeloff Award for Excellence in Public Health and Cancer Control from the

November 15, 2017
National

ACS CAN has sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Leadership opposing a provision in the tax bill that would eliminate the mandate that Americans purchase health insurance coverage.

November 8, 2017
National

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) sent a letter to House leadership and committee chairs asking that they reconsider provisions of their tax proposal that could harm cancer patients. Specifically, ACS CAN opposes eliminating the medical expense deduction and ending tax credits for developing so-called “orphan drugs”.

October 18, 2017
National

Early this morning Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) made public the details of a bipartisan deal to stabilize the individual insurance market.

Access to Health Insurance Resources

On October 12, 2017, the President signed an Executive Order directing relevant federal agencies to consider expanding the availability and renewability of short-term health plans. Proponents claim that these plans will provide additional insurance options with lower premiums. However, there are serious concerns about how such policy changes will affect cancer patients and survivors and create instability in state marketplaces.

On October 12, 2017, the Administration released an Executive Order (EO) directing the Department of Labor to expand access to Association Health Plans. Proponents claim that encouraging the use of these plans will provide additional insurance options with lower premiums. However, there are serious concerns about how such policy changes would affect cancer patients and survivors and disrupt the state insurance marketplaces.