Kansas continues to fall short when it comes to passing legislation that prevents and reduces suffering and death from cancer. According to the latest edition of How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality, Kansas failed to measure up to policy recommendations in helping cancer patients access adequate, affordable health care coverage.
ACS CAN Launches Multi-State Medicaid Campaign, Documentary Premiere Screening
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – April 17, 2019 – On Tuesday, April 23, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network will host its first premiere of a short documentary film on Medicaid featuring individuals, families and health professionals across Kansas.
The event is part of the launch of the “Medicaid Covers US” public education campaign organized by ACS CAN. The campaign and this film are intended to foster an important and open dialogue about access to health care and the role that Medicaid plays in the lives of real people. Following the screening will be a live panel discussion and Q&A featuring the filmmaker, ACS CAN leadership, subjects featured in the film and community leaders.
As part of the event, ACS CAN will also unveil new polling on the public’s opinion toward the program and highlight personal stories from individuals across the country who have been impacted by Medicaid. Once live, these stories will be featured on the campaign website, www.medicaidcoversus.org. The premiere screening event in Overland Park is the first of three such events with screenings in Wichita and Salina to follow.
WHAT: Premiere screening event and panel discussion for a short documentary film about the value of Medicaid and health care access in Kansas and across the country
WHO: Lisa Lacasse, president, ACS CAN
Jordan Feuerborn, Kansas government relations director, ACS CAN
Jim McLean, managing director, KCUR’s Kansas News Service; editor and reporter, KCUR 89.3
Ky Dickens, documentary filmmaker
Tom Bell, president and CEO, Kansas Hospital Association
Lisse Regher, president and CEO, Thrive Allen County
Stephanie Barr, community member
WHEN: Tuesday, April 23
6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Johnson County Community College, Craig Auditorium (GEB 233)
12345 College Blvd., Overland Park
Please RSVP to Tracy Lytwyn at 312-279-7284 or [email protected]. Media interested in interviewing subjects before the event should arrive at 5:30 p.m.
About ACS CAN
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is making cancer a top priority for public officials and candidates at the federal, state and local levels. ACS CAN empowers advocates across the country to make their voices heard and influence evidence-based public policy change as well as legislative and regulatory solutions that will reduce the cancer burden. As the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN is critical to the fight for a world without cancer. For more information, visit www.fightcancer.org.