Access to Health Insurance

Share

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.

Take Action

Photo of female Cancer patient with a pink scarf

Ask Congress to find a bipartisan solution to improving healthcare

Join us in pressing Congress to continue working toward a bipartisan solution that reduces healthcare costs for patients and survivors while providing true access to the cancer care they need

Latest Updates

April 20, 2018
Virginia

A letter to the editor from Dr. Bruce Waldholtz, ACS CAN Board Member, was published in the Virginian Pilot. In the letter, Dr. Waldholtz writes that "we have the opportunity to provide quality health coverage to those who need it so they can see a doctor regularly and get lifesaving

April 20, 2018
National

oday the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on proposed changes to rules governing short-term, limited duration insurance plans (STLD). The comments detail how the proposed rule could divide the individual insurance market and significantly weaken patient protections, leaving cancer patients and survivors with few meaningful or affordable coverage choices.

April 13, 2018
National

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently considering a proposal that could significantly increase the cost of health care for cancer patients and survivors.

April 12, 2018
Idaho

As the 2018 Idaho Legislative Session ends, we wanted to update you about the successes of this sessions’ cancer priorities. This past January over 50 advocates attended the Day at the Capitol event to discuss these two topics with lawmakers: Raising the sale of all tobacco products to age 21

Access to Health Insurance Resources

On March 6, 2018, ACS CAN filed comments on the proposed rule implementing changes to the Employee Retiree Income Security Act’s (ERISA’s) definition of “employer” for purposes of determining when employers may join together to form an Association Health Plan (AHP).

On March 6, 2018, ACS CAN filed comments on the proposed rule implementing changes to the Employee Retiree Income Security Act’s (ERISA’s) definition of “employer” for purposes of determining when employers may join together to form an Association Health Plan (AHP).

On April 20, 2018, ACS CAN filed comments on the proposed rule amending the definition of short-term, limited-duration (STLD) insurance for purposes of its exclusion from the definition of individual health insurance coverage.