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Cancer Votes is the nation’s leading election program educating the public and candidates about the actions lawmakers should take to make fighting cancer a national priority. As part of our 2020 Cancer Votes initiative, we asked both U.S. Senate candidates to respond to these important questions.

Gov. Steve Bullock

Sen. Steve Daines


 

1. Access to Health Care

The decision on whether or not to repeal the Affordable Care Act will be decided by the Supreme Court. If it is overturned, how do you think we should protect Americans with pre-existing conditions like cancer?

Steve Bullock

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Steve Daines

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Montana Voices featured the candidates’ answers to this question here.

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2. Saving Lives Through Cancer Research

Because of bipartisan investment in cancer research, there have been remarkable advances in cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and care. A record number of Americans are surviving cancer today, but cuts in funding could threaten that progress. Will you vote for annual increases in cancer research funding for the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute? Please explain why you will or will not be supporting these annual increases.

Steve Bullock

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Steve Daines

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Montana Voices featured the candidates’ answers to this question here.

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3. Rural Health Care

Montanans in rural areas are often diagnosed with cancer at later stages, which have worse survivorship outcomes. They face unique challenges to cancer care, including workforce shortages, long travel distances, lack of access to specialists, insurance obstacles, and less clinical trial access. If elected, how will you address the challenges of rural cancer care?

Steve Bullock

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Steve Daines

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Montana Voices featured the candidates’ answers to this question here.

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4. Health Equity for American Indians

American Indians are the largest minority in Montana, with a life expectancy 20 years less than non-Indians; cancer is a leading cause of death. Obstacles to cancer prevention and better outcomes include but are not limited to lack of access to health insurance, doctors, transportation, and healthy foods. If elected, how would you advocate to increase health equity for American Indian people?

Steve Bullock

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Steve Daines

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Listen to Cancer Votes volunteers in Montana talk about the cancer issues most important to them here.

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