Access to Care

This initiative identifies lawsuits and regulatory actions that impact the fight against cancer and files "friend of the court" briefs or comments to advocate on behalf of cancer patients and survivors, and all people touched by this terrible disease.  The work accomplished by the Judicial Advocacy Initiative is made possible by law firms who are recruited by ACS CAN and who donate services to support its mission.

Access to Care

January 3, 2023

In September of 2022, US District Court Judge Reed O’Connor struck down the process mandated in the Affordable Care Act that requires private insurers to cover preventive services recommended by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) without copay as constitutionally flawed in the case of Braidwood Management v. Becerra.

September 27, 2022

The civil rights law 42 US Code Section 1983 (also known as “Section 1983”) allows individuals to sue the federal, state or local government or affiliates if those entities have deprived the individual of their rights.

July 26, 2021

ACS CAN advocated for expansion throughout the legislative process in Missouri, including playing a key role in its adoption via a ballot initiative that amended the state constitution to provide for it.

June 17, 2021

The American Cancer Society, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and public health partner organizations celebrated a tremendous victory when the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS)

February 26, 2021

ACS CAN and 14 other health groups filed a “friend of the court” or amicus brief at the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) opposing state imposition of work or community engagement requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries.

December 14, 2020

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability to individuals participating in any health program or activity that receives funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

September 14, 2020

Insurers, doctors and patient groups filed a lawsuit against the administration to invalidate a new rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that could disrupt the health insurance market by extending for up to three years "short-term" policies that lack Affordable Care Ac

March 25, 2015

ACS and ACS CAN joined with the American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association to file amicus briefs in lawsuits challenging the availability of tax credits to people who buy a health plan in the federal marketplace.

October 31, 2014

When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law, numerous lawsuits were filed to invalidate it. After thorough consideration, ACS and ACS CAN decided to join with the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association in filing an amicus brief in federal appelate courts and at the Supreme Court of the United States to support the patient protection provisions of ACA.

October 25, 2013

ACS CAN believes that cancer patients should have the ability to work with their treating physician to determine appropriate care. Health insurance to cover these treatments should be adequate, available, affordable, and administratively simple.

August 30, 2013

This month ACS CAN is celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Judicial Advocacy Initiative (JAI), a highly-successful program for which law firms donate their services to ACS CAN to help in the fight against cancer.‰