ACCESS TO CARE

Step Therapy Reform

  • ACS CAN will advocate for legislation that will limit the use of "Fail First" policies when it comes to access to medication. Currently insurance companies may require a cancer patient to try, and then fail on a lower‐cost drug before they will cover the drug prescribed by the patient's doctor ‐ even if the doctor feels the more expensive treatment is more effective.

Block Grants

  • ACS CAN will continue to oppose any efforts to cap or “block grant” federal funding for the TennCare program. Block grants could jeopardize cancer patients and survivors access to coverage, benefits and services, including lifesaving therapies needed to successfully treat the disease.

Medicaid Expansion 

  • ACS CAN will advocate for low-income individuals and families to have access to health care coverage through TennCare. We will support policies that preserve access to TennCare for the traditional population and will advocate for an expansion of the program, to provide parents and adults earning less than 138% of the federal poverty level access to comprehensive and affordable health insurance coverage.