Access to Health Care

ACS CAN advocates for policies that provide access to treatments and services people with cancer need for their care - including those who may be newly diagnosed, in active treatment and cancer survivors.

Workforce Resources:

These comments submitted to the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education address ways to ensure an adequate and appropriate cancer care workforce to treat cancer patients. These comments address workforce issues in cancer care and also palliative care.

Private Health Insurance Resources:

In this letter to the Obama Administration, ACS CAN -- joined by several other organizations representing millions of American health care consumers -- urged the Administration to promptly, effectively, and fully implement the Summary of Benefits and Coverage rule.

ACS CAN filed comments to the Internal Revenue Service on the Health Insurance Premium Tax Credit proposed rule expressing deep concern about the IRS' proposed method for determining whether employment based coverage is affordable for individuals eligible for coverage through a family member's employment.

In response to the Department of Health and Human Services' proposed rule establishing health insurance exchanges and requirements for qualified health plans (QHPs) provided under the ACA, ACS CAN filed extensive comments urging HHS to ensure that the exchanges and QHPs were designed in a manner that protects consumers.

ACS CAN filed comments to the Tri-Agencies responding to the proposed rule implemeting the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) provisions provided under the ACA.  ACS CAN filed extensive comments on the proposed rule to ensure that the SBC provisions provided meaningful information to consumers regarding the coverage provided under a health plan.

This report highlights the severe challenges cancer patient may face in paying for life-saving care even when they have private health insurance.


Medicare Resources:

ACS CAN commented on the Medicare CY2015 Physician Fee Schedule, in which we urged, among other things for CMS to designate screeming colonoscopioes that resule in polyp removal or biopsy as a preventive service.  We also commented on the proposed provisions related to the Chronic Care Management code.

ACS CAN commented in the FY2015 Medicare Hospice payment rule.

ACS CAN commented in the FY2015 Medicare Hospice payment rule, in which we urged, among other things, for Medicare to develop a workable solution to better clarify when a prescription drug is covered under the Hospice or Part D benefit.

ACS CAN filed comments in response to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation's (CMMI's) request for information on specialty practitioner payment model opportunities.  ACS CAN's comments urged CMMI to pay particular attention to the impact various payment policies would have on a beneficiary's access to care.

In a letter to CMS Administrator Tavenner, ACS CAN joined other organizations urging CMS to reqire Medicare Advantage plans to provide coverage for clinical trials.

ACS CAN filed extensive comments in response to CMS' proposed rule implementing changes to the Medicare Part C and D programs, including opposing proposed changes to the Part D six protected classes.

This analysis examines two issues of particular interest to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and its members: the extent of coverage and cost-sharing for cancer drugs, and whether information on the coverage of cancer drugs can be readily obtained, compared, and understood by patients.

ACS CAN commented on CMS' Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) proposed rule. Our comments offered specific recommendations to improve the ACO program to better serve the needs of cancer patients and survivors.

Cancer patients and others who may suffer from multiple chronic conditions or long-term side effects from treatment would benefit from payment reform in Medicare.

Health Care Delivery Resources:

Provides information about enrolling in Medicare, including Part D prescription drug coverage, what Medicare covers, and how to contact Medicare with questions

Resources and information from the American Cancer Society about understanding health insurance, particularly for cancer patients and survivors.

The American Cancer Society operates a call center available to all cancer patients and their families, that includes resources and specialists who can help patients with questions about health insurance, enrolling in a plan, and issues accessing care.

ACS CAN comments on 2015 Edition EHR Standards and Certification Criteria Proposed Rule

ACS CAN comments on Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program – Stage 3 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

ACS CAN Comments on ASCO's Proposed Value Framework

Despite the fact that US cancer death rates have decreased by 26 percent from 1991 to 2015, not all Americans have benefited equally from the advances in prevention, early detection, and treatments that have helped achieve these lower rates.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded access to health insurance through reforms of the private health insurance market, including income-related premium support and cost-sharing subsidies and establishment of Health Insurance Marketplaces.

A comprehensive plan to address all barriers is necessary to make prevention a national priority.

Medicaid Resources:

ACS CAN CMS Comments on Arkansas 1115 Demonstration Waiver

ACS CAN CMS Comments on Wisconsin 1115 Demonstration Waiver

A Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver or Amendment gives states flexibility to design and improve upon their Medicaid programs through pilot or demonstration projects.

A Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver gives states flexibility to design and improve upon their Medicaid programs through pilot or demonstration projects.

Medicaid is the health insurance safety-net program for lower income Americans. Currently, 64 million people – many of whom are cancer patients and survivors – rely on Medicaid for affordable health care coverage.

ACS CAN, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association released a joint statement providing principles for any entitlement reform proposal.

ACS CAN, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association released a joint statement in support of the Medicaid program, noting that any reforms should improve the value of care provided under the program and should not reduce access for Medicaid beneficiaries.