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As Congress considers repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, it is critically important that lawmakers maintain the patient protections that are so important to cancer patients and survivors.  

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 while this issue is being debated.

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 whether or not to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, it is critically important that lawmakers maintain the patient protections that are so important to cancer patients and survivors.  

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February 15, 2017

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule changing regulations for Affordable Care Act marketplace insurance plans. Of particular concern to those affected by cancer are proposed changes to special enrollment periods and essential community provider requirements that are included in available insurance plans.

February 2, 2017

Requiring people to maintain continuous health insurance coverage or risk the imposition of higher premiums could pose significant burdens to cancer patients and survivors, according to Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society.

January 26, 2017

Mina had a plan. The ambitious 25-year old had just finished graduate school and was preparing to enter the Peace Corps. But, she began having pain in her knee, and just three weeks after graduation, Mina was diagnosed with bone cancer. Prior to her diagnosis, Mina’s parents heard about a

January 18, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – Jan. 17, 2017 – In response to Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address today, Andrew Schepers, Michigan government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), released the following statement: “It’s encouraging to hear Governor Snyder layout plans for

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The current health care law has several provisions that help ensure children with cancer have access to quality treatment and care, and that survivors of childhood cancer are able to obtain and maintain affordable health insurance.  These provisions and protections are essential in any health coverage system that intends to provide meaningful care for pediatric cancer patients and survivors.

Much of the public debate regarding health care reform concerns government-funded health insurance like Medicaid and exchanges, but changing health care laws will also affect the health insurance many Americans get through their employers.  Therefore, any changes to current law must not make it harder for cancer patients and survivors to obtain, afford or use their job-based health insurance.

Current federal requirements prohibit health insurance plans from denying coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions like cancer.  These are one of several important patient protections that must be part of any health care system that works for cancer patients.