ACS CAN advocates for policies that improve the Medicare program for individuals with cancer (including those who may be newly diagnosed, in active treatment and cancer survivors) as well as improving access to preventive services for individuals.
The incidence of cancer increases with age and thus the Medicare program is vitally important to millions of Americans who are undergoing active cancer treatment, are cancer survivors or who have not yet developed cancer.
Approximately 1.7 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2018.Age is one of the most important risk factors for cancer, with one half of cancer cases occurring in people over the age of 65.
ACS CAN submitted comments regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Survey called Innovation Center New Direction. The comments addressed: advanced alternative payment models, consumer-directed care & market-based innovations, physician specialty models, prescription drug models, and Medicare Advantage models.