ACS CAN Urges Governor Bill Walker to Voice Concerns About Impact of AHCA on State Cancer Burden Ahead of Discussions with Senate Leadership

June 5, 2017

Proposed changes to the health care law in the American Health Care Act (AHCA) could reverse progress in the cancer fight and shift the economic burden for health care coverage to the states. Ahead of scheduled calls between a select group of governors and Senate leadership this week, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) sent a letter to Governor Bill Walker, and all other governors, detailing the organization’s concerns about proposals to dramatically reduce Medicaid funding that would threaten safety nets for the nation’s most vulnerable; allow medical underwriting that could reintroduce discrimination based on health history; waive minimum essential benefits requirements that guarantee coverage for cancer prevention and treatment; eliminate steady funding streams that subsidize affordable health coverage; and institute continuous coverage requirements that could discriminate against those who cannot work due to illness or who have to take leave to care for a loved one. Click here to read the full text of ACS CAN’s letter to Governor Bill Walker.