Increased Access to Medicaid

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Where you live should not determine whether you live. But, for millions of low-income Americans, the state they live in could determine if they have access to health services, including cancer care.  To date, 31 states have increased access to their Medicaid programs, providing more than nine million individuals and families access to health care coverage and to lifesaving tests like mammogramscolonoscopies and other cancer screenings. 

We are working in the remaining 19 states to reach the day when everyone has access to affordable health care.  Going to the doctor is much cheaper than going to the emergency room. And, for a family, preventing cancer is much less expensive than treating it. 

We know how to save lives from cancer.  And we know how to save money on health care costs.  Ensuring that low-income working families have access to affordable health insurance – especially during tough times – is an important first step.   

  

More than 30 states have increased access to health care through Medicaid, helping provide nine million Americans with access to lifesaving cancer care.

Latest Updates

November 8, 2017
Maine

AUGUSTA - Yesterday, Maine voters cast their ballots in support of Question 2, which moves to increase access to health care for low-income state residents. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) applauds the passage of this initiative. The following statement can be attributed to Hilary Schneider, director

October 30, 2017
Massachusetts, National

A waiver proposal put forward by the state of Massachusetts could have devastating consequences for some cancer patients. Massachusetts has recently asked the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to approve a proposal that could significantly restrict what drugs Medicaid patients in the state can access, including lifesaving cancer

October 12, 2017
Maryland

The ACS CAN Policy Forum on Access to Health Care was held on October 12th at the Universith of Maryland Medical Center and brought together Maryland’s key decision makers and leaders in business, education, medical research, cancer care, and government to explore federal and state health care policies and its

September 19, 2017
West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Sept. 19, 2017 — Today, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) sent a letter to Gov. Jim Justice, calling on him to oppose a new proposal to repeal and replace the current health care law offered by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy

Increased Access to Medicaid Resources

A Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver gives states flexibility to design and improve upon their Medicaid programs through pilot or demonstration projects.

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is an integral part of the safety-net for lower-income children and their families. CHIP provides access to quality, affordable, and comprehensive health care coverage to nearly nine million lower income children up to age 19 in the U.S. many of whom have been affected by cancer.

A Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver gives states flexibility to design and improve upon their Medicaid programs through pilot or demonstration projects.