The administration announced yesterday evening it will immediately end funding for cost sharing reductions (CSRs) that help low- and middle-income families afford their health coverage. The announcement follows an executive order issued earlier in the day encouraging the creation of association health plans and signaling a change in the rules governing the length and renewability of short-term catastrophic insurance plans.
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Health Care Changes Could Leave Millions of Cancer Patients and Survivors Unable to Access Meaningful Coverage
Today’s executive order jeopardizes the ability of millions of cancer patients, survivors and those at risk for the disease from being able to access or afford meaningful health insurance. Exempting an entire set of health plans from covering essential health benefits like prescription drugs or specialty care and allowing expansion and renewability of bare-bones short-term plans will split the insurance market.
Patients Call on Senators to Reject Graham-Cassidy Health Bill; Urge Bipartisan Action on Health Care
Dozens of patients from across the country, each with their own personal health care story, gathered on Capitol Hill today to urge their senators to preserve quality health care coverage for millions of Americans and reject the pending Graham-Cassidy health care legislation.
Changes to the nation’s healthcare system as proposed in the pending Graham-Cassidy health legislation could leave millions of cancer patients and survivors without access to adequate, affordable health insurance coverage, according to Dick Woodruff, senior vice president of federal advocacy for ACS CAN.
ACS CAN Urges Gov. Justice to Oppose Graham-Cassidy Repeal Bill, Support Continued Bipartisan Efforts to Stabilize Health Care Markets
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Sept. 19, 2017— Today, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) sent a letter to Gov. Jim Justice, calling on him to oppose a new proposal to repeal and replace the current health care law offered by Sens.
This week the Senate HELP Committee is hearing from bipartisan health care experts in its ongoing effort to strengthen the individual insurance market and ensure that meaningful, affordable health care coverage is available for millions of Americans, including cancer patients, survivors and their families.
Senator Patty Murray Receives National Distinguished Advocacy Award for Championing Lifesaving Cancer Public Policy
U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) received the National Distinguished Advocacy Award, the most esteemed award presented by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) for her dedication to protecting patient access to adequate and affordable health care coverage, increasing federal cancer research funding and her career-long support for policies and programs intended to end death and suffering from cancer.
CBO: Health Insurance Premiums Would Spike 20 Percent Next Year Without Critical Cost-Sharing Payments
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) today released its assessment of what would happen to health insurance premiums should the administration stop paying cost-sharing reductions (CSRs).
The CBO projects the average monthly premiums would increase 20 percent next year and 25 percent by 2020.
New Report Shows Significant Opportunities Remain for States to Pass Policies to Save Lives and Money from Cancer
A majority of states are missing critical opportunities to pass and implement legislative solutions proven to prevent and fight cancer, according to the 15th annual How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality.
Failed Senate Repeal and Replace Vote an Opportunity to Address Nation’s Health Care System on Behalf of Families Affected by Cancer
The U.S. Senate fell short of the votes needed to pass legislation that would have repealed parts of the current health care law, likely resulting in millions losing health insurance and patients paying more for less coverage.