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 Kansas residents impacted by cancer and their leadership is vital to defeating this disease.
In 2021, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) will work with the Kansas Legislature in support of the following priorities:
Ensuring Access to Quality Care
Expand KanCare: Access to quality health care directly affects people’s ability to prevent, detect, and survive cancer. The sad reality is that too much cancer death and suffering is attributable to a lack of access to health insurance coverage. ACS CAN will continue advocating for an expansion of KanCare eligibility – providing thousands of low-income, uninsured Kansans access to health insurance that will help reduce the burden of cancer in the state.
Affordable, Adequate Health Insurance: ACS CAN will advocate for policies that ensure access to quality, affordable and comprehensive health insurance and will support efforts to curb the availability of inadequate health plans. Short-term, limited-duration plans put patients at risk for extreme costs as they do not have to cap patient out-of-pocket spending, can have even higher deductibles, and do not have to cover specific essential services.
Cancer Prevention and Early Detection
Breast and Cervical Cancer: Regular screening and prompt diagnosis can reduce illness and death from breast or cervical cancer. ACS CAN will advocate to maintain funding of $219,336 for Early Detection Works, the state breast and cervical cancer screening program for uninsured women who meet income and eligibility guidelines administered by the Kansas Department of Health.
Reducing the Toll of Tobacco
Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding: Kansas’ tobacco prevention program has successfully reduced youth tobacco use and helped adults quit tobacco. ACS CAN will work to fund and sustain evidence-based, statewide tobacco use prevention and cessation programs at just over $1 million a year through the Master Settlement Agreement