Patient Protections in the Current Health Care Law


The current health care law provides people with critical protections that benefit cancer patients and survivors, as well as anyone who might one day be faced with a cancer diagnosis.

ACS CAN is working to ensure any congressional action preserves these and other lifesaving provisions.

Access to Health Insurance Coverage

  • Enable young adults to stay on their parents' health plan until age 26.
  • Ensure seniors have consistent prescription drug coverage that allows them to afford the medications they need.
  • Provide patients with access to affordable, comprehensive health insurance coverage options
  • Eliminate disparities in prevention and treatment of cancer among our nation’s most vulnerable by ensuring comprehensive, affordable coverage is available in every state either through Medicaid or cost-sharing assistance.

Affordable Cancer Prevention, Detection and Treatment

  • Provide patients no- or low-cost coverage for lifesaving cancer prevention and early detection services, including mammograms and colonoscopies.
  • Prevent patients from being charged more for health insurance because of their health status.
  • Reasonably limit the amount patients must pay in out-of-pocket costs and deductibles.
  • Help people and families with low to moderate incomes buy health insurance.

Continuity of Health Insurance Coverage

  • Prohibit patients from being denied health coverage because they have a pre-existing condition such as cancer.
  • Continue the prohibition on annual and lifetime dollar limits on coverage that can cut off needed care for patients with cancer.
  • Prevent patients from having their existing coverage canceled when they get sick.


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