Oral Chemotherapy

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Imagine the choice for a cancer patient - stay at home and take a chemotherapy pill or travel miles from home to receive the drug through an IV. Seems easy, right? Unfortunately, many cancer patients are denied that simple choice because insurance companies can charge patients more for taking a pill while sitting at their own kitchen table than going to a doctor's office with receptionists, nurses and other overhead costs. 

We're working in states across the country and in Congress to pass laws requiring insurance companies to charge the same for chemotherapy pills as they do for an IV. Not only will these laws increase access to these lifesaving drugs for cancer patients, they will also improve patient quality of life. 

ACS CAN has helped pass laws in 42 states to improve chemotherapy choices for cancer patients.

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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

March 23, 2018
Idaho

This week ACS CAN participated in a chemotherapy informational hearing at the State Capitol on the unequal cost cancer patients incur for oral (pill and liquid) versus intravenous (IV) chemotherapies on Idaho’s state-based health care plans. As targeted oral chemotherapy advances, it is apparent that the most effective or, in

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March 16, 2018
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South Dakota

Recently in South Dakota, ACS CAN advocated for legislation to enhance patient access to biosimilar drugs, which offer safe and effective treatment options for many diseases including cancer.

October 18, 2017
Michigan

The Michigan Senate today voted in favor of a bill to ensure oral chemotherapy is not subject to higher out-of-pocket costs than intravenous chemotherapy. It now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.