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

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

May 21, 2020

The American Cancer Society and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network filed an amicus curiae, or “friend of the court” brief with 18 other groups urging the U.S.

February 25, 2020

ACS CAN filed an amicus curiae (“friend-of-the-court”) brief along with other patient and provider groups opposing work requirements being imposed on Medicaid beneficiaries in the case of Stewart v. Azar. We urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to uphold a lower court ruling finding the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) violated federal law by approving work requirements and other barriers to eligibility for Medicaid recipients in Kentucky.

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.‰

May 19, 2013

ACS CAN won a reversal of an adverse breast and cervical coverage decision in Tennessee. Through ACS's Health Insurance Assistance Service, ACS CAN learned that Tennessee had wrongfully denied Medicaid coverage to a woman who was eligible for the program under the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act of 2000 (BCCPTA).

April 18, 2013

Patients with serious medical conditions should be allowed to challenge the termination of their benefits.

April 18, 2013

Cancer survivors who suffer dental damage as a result of their cancer treatment should have their dental costs covered by Medicaid.