RALEIGH, NC – May 11, 2022 – Gov. Roy Cooper released his budget priorities ahead of the 2022 regular session, including expanding Medicaid eligibility in the state.
On behalf of all families touched by cancer – and the over 600,000 North Carolinians who would finally be able to access affordable care – the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) continues to advocate for such lifesaving action particularly at such a pivotal moment for the health of the state.
The below statement is in reaction to the proposed budget and can be attributed to Derwin Montgomery, ACS CAN North Carolina Government Relations Director.
“We’re encouraged by Gov. Cooper’s support for making comprehensive cancer care more accessible and affordable for North Carolina families – and advocating for the legislature to commit such action to address its continued burden on our state this upcoming session.
“Cancer isn’t partisan. And its impact in our state can’t be understated as it continues to be the leading cause of death for North Carolinians.
“With wide support from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, as well as amongst constituents, we look forward to North Carolina being the next state to create a path to adequate, quality care for hardworking families that protects the health of our communities, boost our state economies and revitalizes our rural areas.”
This year alone, nearly 65,320 North Carolinians will be diagnosed with cancer – too many of whom will be uninsured when they receive the devastating news.