2019 ACS CAN Maryland Legislative Priorities

Victory in the fight against cancer requires bold new public policies that promote cancer prevention, early detection of cancer, and expand access to quality, affordable health care. Lawmakers make many decisions that impact the lives of Maryland residents touched by cancer and their leadership is vital to defeating this disease. In 2019, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) will work with the Maryland General Assembly in support of the following priorities:

Reducing the Toll of Tobacco 

  • Smoke-free Air:  ACS CAN will continue to support Maryland’s comprehensive smoke-free law and keep it free from exemptions.  
  • Tobacco 21: ACS CAN will support measures that increase the age of sale for all tobacco products to 21.

Cancer Prevention and Early Detection

  • Breast and Cervical Cancer: ACS CAN will advocate to maintain funding for the state Breast and Cervical Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Program (BCCDT) and the state Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP). The BCCDT program, administered by the Maryland Department of Health, provides breast and cervical cancer treatment services to low-income uninsured and underinsured women. While, the BCCP program provides breast and cervical cancer screening, diagnosis, and patient navigation services to women across the state. 
  • Cancer Research, Screening, Detection and Treatment: ACS CAN will work to maintain funding for local cancer screening, treatment, patient navigation programs and research at Maryland’s renowned academic medical centers (John Hopkins University and the University of Maryland) at $24.9 million. 

Quality of Life

•     Protecting Access to Pain Medication for Cancer Patients: ACS CAN will monitor legislation to ensure access to pain relief for cancer patients and survivors. 

Skin Cancer Prevention

    Indoor Tanning Devices: ACS CAN will advocate for a state law to prohibit the use of indoor tanning devices by those under 18 years old.

Cancer Research Funding

    Research Appropriations: ACS CAN will work to protect funding for Maryland’s Academic Medical Centers.  

For more information, contact: Jocelyn Collins, Maryland Government Relations Director ACS CAN   [email protected]  Phone: 301-254-0072


ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard.