Today the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on a legislative package aimed at protecting and improving access to affordable health care and prescription drugs, including for those with serious pre-existing conditions like cancer.
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A new report issued today by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) shows people who enroll in short-term, limited duration (STLD) insurance plans are likely to face serious financial strain should they be diagnosed with cancer.
Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would halt Department of Health and Human Services and Department of the Treasury guidance enabling individuals to use federal tax subsidies to purchase health insurance that does not meet coverage standards under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Today, dozens of cancer survivors, caregivers and their families from across the state gathered in Springfield to urge the General Assembly to increase the state’s tobacco taxes and create more choices for patients. The visit was part of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s annual Day at the Capitol.
HELENA, Mont. – April 18, 2019— The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and its volunteer advocates, most of them cancer patients and survivors, are pleased that House Bill (HB) 658 has passed the Montana legislature and is headed to the governor’s desk.
House Committee to Vote On Bills to Stop Harmful Insurance Rule Changes; Preserve Pre-Existing Condition Protections
Today the House Energy and Commerce Committee is expected to approve a series of bills that would reverse harmful insurance rule changes, including the expansion of short-term limited duration insurance (STLD) plans, help lower out of pocket costs for consumers, and protect access to health care for people with pre-existing conditions.
Seventeen patient groups representing millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions filed an amicus curiae brief today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in the case Texas v. United States, citing the devastating impact patients would face should the court uphold the District Court ruling to invalidate the Affordable Care Act.
A federal judge has blocked a rule change that would have expanded the availability of Association Health Plans (AHP). These plans often leave beneficiaries underinsured because they are exempt from covering the essential health benefits required under the health care law, including prescription drug coverage, and can also cap coverage based on the number of hospital days or cost of services and cover less than 60 percent of a patient’s medical costs.
A federal judge ruled the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) violated federal law by approving work requirements and other barriers to eligibility for Medicaid recipients in Kentucky and Arkansas.
ACS CAN is concerned about a recent administration announcement affirming a district court decision to overturn the health care law.