Blog posts matching "Access to Health Care"

January 9, 2018

One Voice CAN Make a Difference

Have you ever wondered whether your voice – your personal story – can have a lasting, widespread impact? If you are ever in doubt about the difference that can be made thanks to one dedicated advocate, I hope you’ll take a moment to think about Melissa Thompson. Earlier this week “Melissa’s law,” took effect in Connecticut. This legislation will ensure fertility coverage for those facing chemotherapy or some other medically necessary treatment that threatens their ability to have children. This bill was unanimously passed in both the House and Senate, and makes Connecticut the first state in the country to enact such legislation.

November 21, 2017

Maine Voters Support Expanding Access to Medicaid

The Maine Legislature passed and delivered bills to expand access to health coverage via Medicaid to Governor Paul Le Page five times over the last several years, only to be thwarted by a veto with each attempt. On this past Election Day, Maine voters finally had their say on the issue and overwhelmingly cast their ballots in favor of increasing access to affordable health coverage for low-income people in their state. The final vote on Maine’s Question 2 was 59 percent for expansion, clearly indicating that residents were in support of the idea.

April 11, 2016

Guest Post: Accelerating Health Equity by Eliminating Cancer Disparities

Guest blogger Dr. Jan Eberth, Ph. D., assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the University of South Carolina, discusses some of her health disparities research work to illustrate the value of federally-funded research in preventing and treating cancer.

March 11, 2016

Guest Post: Addressing Health Disparities Through Patient Navigation

During a presentation to the Society and ACS CAN on the state of health and wellness in the African American community, Dr. Harold P. Freeman, former Society National Board President and founder of the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute, shared his thoughts on reducing disparities and the role of patient navigation.