American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Prioritizes Access to Care and Tobacco Control for 2019 Legislative Session in Michigan

ACS CAN Looks Forward to Working with the Legislature on Oral Chemotherapy and Tobacco Control Legislation such as Increasing the Age to Purchase Tobacco to 21.

January 14, 2019

Lansing, MI – January 14, 2019 – As lawmakers dive into the new year, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is asking that legislators support legislation that will ease the burden of cancer in Michigan. The latest edition of the ACS CAN’s How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality shows Michigan can do better when it comes to implementing legislation to prevent and reduce suffering and death from cancer.

ACS CAN would like to work with legislators to ensure that the legislature enacts evidence-based solutions. ACS CAN is advocating for increased access to care for the hard-working people of Michigan to improve treatment outcomes and the quality of life for cancer patients and survivors. One way this can be done is by passing Oral Chemotherapy Fairness legislation to give chronically ill patients easier access to the cancer treatment they need. It would ensure the out-of-pocket cost to the patient for oral chemotherapy and intravenous chemotherapy are similar. Currently, the out-of-pocket costs for oral chemo medications are higher than intravenous medications and provide a barrier for some Michiganders to use them.

ACS CAN is also working to protect all Michiganders from the preventable harms from tobacco use by asking lawmakers to raise the age to purchase tobacco to 21. Nationally, 95 percent of adults who smoke start before they turn 21. Restricting youth and young adult access to tobacco products can be a critical component to reducing initiation and a lifelong addiction.

ACS CAN volunteers look forward to meeting with lawmakers during the annual Cancer Awareness Day on April 24. ACS CAN encourages individuals, businesses and organizations that are interested in these issues to reach out to ACS CAN to get involved in the fight against cancer.

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


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