2019 Oregon Legislative Priorities

2019 Oregon Legislative Priorities


Cancer is one of the most preventable and increasingly curable life-threatening diseases – but only if we take the steps necessary to prevent it outright, detect it early, and improve access to care. To this end, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) in Oregon is working on the following legislative priorities in support of our mission to end cancer as a major health problem.


Reducing Lung Cancer and Strengthening Tobacco Control

Tobacco Tax Increase – A regular and significant increase to tobacco taxes is proven to be the best public policy to encourage current smokers to quit while pricing youth out of the market. Oregon ranks just 32nd in the nation when comparing state tobacco taxes, which is why ACS CAN supports a $2 increase to the state’s tobacco tax with a similar rate of increase on other tobacco products and e-cigarettes.

Tobacco Prevention and Education Program – Tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death and disease in our state, yet Oregon budgets just 25% of the funding level recommended by The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a robust tobacco prevention and education program. ACS CAN will advocate for increased funding for these statewide programs.

Ensuring Access to Quality Care

Formulary Transparency – While private or public insurance provides coverage for many cancer patients, these patients often face high out-of-pocket costs due to their plans’ cost-sharing requirements or coverage limitations. ACS CAN supports legislation to increase clarity, consistency, and comparable information on prescription drug coverage and cost-sharing provided to consumers when choosing a health plan.

Expanding Prevention, Treatment and Survivorship

Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Services – ACS CAN will defend funding for the Oregon Screenwise Program which provides breast and cervical cancer screenings for low-income, uninsured, and medically underserved women in Oregon.

For More Information, Contact: Christopher Friend, Oregon Director, Government Relations American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network • 503.795.3926 • www.fightcancer.org/states/oregon


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 national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit acscan.org.