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.
2019 Delaware Legislative Agenda
Reducing the Toll of Tobacco
- Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding: ACS CAN will work to fund and sustain evidence-based, statewide tobacco use prevention and cessation programs at over 50% of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommended level.
- Tobacco 21: ACS CAN will support measures that increase age of sale for all tobacco products to 21.
- Access to Tobacco Cessation: ACS CAN will advocate for all insurance plans, including the state Medicaid program, to provide a comprehensive cessation benefit that covers individual, group, and telephone counseling and all FDA-approved tobacco cessation medications without cost-sharing or other barriers to accessing care.
Cancer Prevention and Early Detection
- Breast and Cervical Cancer: ACS CAN will advocate to maintain funding for the state appropriation for the Delaware Screening for Life program, the state breast and cervical cancer screening and treatment program for low-income uninsured and underinsured women, be at least 50% of the CDC funding level.
- Colorectal Cancer: ACS CAN will work to maintain funding for colorectal cancer screening, treatment, and patient navigation programs.
Quality of Life
- Palliative Care: ACS CAN will work to improve cancer patients’ quality of life by supporting the Quality of Life Advisory Council to identify barriers to availability of coordinated, supportive care during treatment from the beginning of diagnosis for serious diseases such as cancer.
- Protecting Access to Pain Medication for Cancer Patients: ACS CAN will monitor legislative proposals regarding the prescribing of opioid pain medications and advocate for a balanced approach that promotes safe prescribing and dispensing of pain management medication that does not interfere with access to these medicines for the cancer patients and survivors who need them.
Healthy Eating and Active Living Environments (HEALE)
ACS CAN will work with policymakers to plan, implement, and evaluate HEALE priority issues:
- Increase the quantity and improving the quality of physical education in K-12 schools, supplemented by additional school-based physical activity.
- Increase funding for policy, scientific and population-based research and interventions focused on improving nutrition, increasing physical activity and reducing obesity, with the goal of reducing cancer risk.
- Work to secure funding for infrastructure and programs aimed at increasing physical activity in transportation and recreation.
- Increase access to healthy foods.
Ensuring Access to Quality Care
- Medication Access: ACS CAN will continue to work for legislation that will protect the ability of cancer patients and cancer survivors to appeal adverse decisions made by health insurers regarding prior authorization, step therapy and mid-year switching of benefits.
For more information, contact: Jeanne Chiquoine, Delaware, Government Relations Director ACS CAN
[email protected] 484-653-7807
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network • www.fightcancer.org/DE
ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard.