2020 Delaware 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 Delawareans touched by cancer and their leadership is vital to defeating this disease. In 2020, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) will work with the Delaware General Assembly in support of the following priorities.
Reducing the Toll of Tobacco
- Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding: ACS CAN will work to fund and sustain evidence-based, statewide tobacco use prevention and cessation programs at $7 million.
- Restricting the Sale of All Flavored Tobacco Products and E-cigarettes, Including Menthol Cigarettes: ACS CAN will advocate for prohibiting the sale of tobacco products with characterizing flavors, including menthol.
- Access to Tobacco Cessation: ACS CAN will advocate for all insurance plans, including the state Medicaid program, to provide a comprehensive cessation benefit that covers individual, group, and telephone counseling and all FDA-approved tobacco cessation medications without cost-sharing or other barriers to accessing care.
Cancer Prevention and Early Detection
- Breast and Cervical Cancer: ACS CAN will advocate to maintain Screening for Life, the screening and treatment program for low-income uninsured and underinsured women administered by the Delaware Department of Health.
- Colorectal Cancer: ACS CAN will work to maintain funding for colorectal cancer screening, treatment, and patient navigation programs. Additionally, ACS CAN will work to ensure health plans cover colorectal cancer screening beginning at age 45 in accordance with updated American Cancer Society guidelines.
Quality of Life
- Palliative Care: ACS CAN will work to improve cancer patients’ quality of life by creating a Palliative Care and Quality of Life Advisory Council to identify barriers to the availability of coordinated, supportive care during treatment from the beginning of diagnosis for serious diseases such as cancer.
- Protecting Access to Pain Medication for Cancer Patients: ACS CAN will monitor legislative proposals regarding the prescribing of opioid pain medications and advocate for a balanced approach that promotes safe prescribing and dispensing of pain management medication that does not interfere with access to these medicines for the cancer patients and survivors who need them.
Healthy Eating and Active Living Environments (HEALE)
ACS CAN will work with policymakers to plan, implement, and evaluate HEALE priority issues:
- Establish science-based nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold or served in schools.
- Increase the quantity and improving the quality of physical education in K-12 schools, supplemented by additional school-based physical activity.
- Increase funding for policy, scientific and population-based research and interventions focused on improving nutrition, increasing physical activity and reducing obesity, with the goal of reducing cancer risk.
- Support and evaluate sugar-sweetened beverage taxes that meet ACS CAN’s policy criteria.
- Secure funding for infrastructure and programs aimed at increasing physical activity in transportation and recreation.
- Establish nutrition guidelines for foods and beverages provided or sold in government buildings.
- Increase access to healthy foods.
Ensuring Access to Quality Care
- Network Adequacy: ACS CAN will support legislation regarding health insurance network adequacy to help ensure that cancer patients and cancer survivors have access to appropriate medical specialists they may need.
- Medication Access: ACS CAN will advocate for legislation that ensures prior authorization and step therapy requirements for prescription drugs are clear, efficient and patient-friendly while also allowing for exceptions when appropriate. We will also support legislation to prohibit mid-year changes to prescription drug coverage or out-of-pocket costs during the plan year.
- Prescription Drug Formulary Transparency: ACS CAN will continue to work to promote passage of our state model prescription drug formulary transparency legislation that allows cancer patients and all health consumers to know which drugs are covered and what their out-of-pocket costs will be for those drugs before buying a health insurance plan.
For more information, contact: Jeanne Chiquoine, DE Government Relations Director ACS CAN
[email protected] or 484-653-7807
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network • www.fightcancer.org/DE
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.