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September 10, 2018

State Legislative Candidates Go on the Record About Health Care at Health Votes Montana Candidate Forums

Many stakeholders are involved in the health care debate, and often the concerns of patients, consumers and their family caregivers can be underrepresented. Health Votes Montana is a series of six nonpartisan state candidate legislative forums focused on addressing these key issues around cancer and aging, disease prevention and access to quality, affordable health coverage. Health Votes Montana is sponsored by ACS CAN, AARP Montana and the Montana Primary Care Association.

August 9, 2018

New Report Shows State Lawmakers Can Do More to Prevent and Reduce Cancer

State lawmakers across the country are missing important opportunities to pass and implement proven legislative solutions to prevent and fight cancer, according to a report released today by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality grades states on the strength of evidence-based policies that help to prevent cancer, which kills roughly 1,670 people a day nationwide, forces patients to pay nearly $4 billion in out-of-pocket expenses every year and in 2015 cost the country more than $80 billion in direct medical expenditures. 

July 12, 2018

Globe Gazette: Move tobacco policy to help Iowa

It’s hard to remember what it was like before Iowa’s Smokefree Air Act went into effect. Restaurants and bars had two sections: one smoking and the other for secondhand smoking. Dining tables had ashtrays on them. Smoking was allowed at malls and bowling alleys.

July 2, 2018

State Bills Limiting Local Authority Could Threaten Future Public Health Policies

In the last few weeks nine states have worked to pass bills that restrict local lawmakers’ ability to pass future innovative and proactive public health policies. These bills are known as “preemption bills” because they block, or preempt, authority of lower levels of government to pass laws stronger than state law. Preemption bills are popular among groups like the tobacco industry to prevent future legislation that could impact the sale of its products. The following is a Statement from Christopher W. Hansen, President of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).

May 8, 2018

Rep. Kooyenga Honored for Cancer Advocacy

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network recently recognized State Rep. Dale Kooyenga with its Wisconsin Distinguished Advocacy Award for his significant contributions to the fight against cancer.