American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Testifies Against Medicaid Work Requirement Legislation

Today ACS CAN Gave Testimony in the House Appropriations Committee in Opposition of Legislation That Would Harm Cancer Patients Receiving Medicaid

May 2, 2018

LANSING, Mich.– May 2, 2018 – The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), gave testimony today to express their concerns about legislation that has been passed by the Michigan Senate and is being considered by the House Appropriations Committee. Senate Bill 897, would require able-bodied adults enrolled in Medicaid to meet various work requirements as a condition of eligibility for health care coverage.

Over 56,590 Michiganders are expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year – many of whom are receiving health care coverage through Michigan’s Medicaid program. The coverage, benefits and services provided through Medicaid helps to improve access and utilization of preventive care, leads to increased early detection of cancers and results in better health outcomes and survival rates for patients and survivors. The Medicaid program helps low-income cancer patients and survivors manage their disease, maintain a good quality of life and improve their financial situation. For these and many other reasons, Medicaid is a critical safety-net in the fight against cancer, especially for low-income cancer patients and survivors receiving health care coverage through the program. 

ACS CAN believes that work and job training requirements, like those included in SB 897, could negatively impact the adult Medicaid population, including cancer patients, survivors and those who will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Many cancer patients in active treatment are often unable to work or require significant work modifications due to their treatment. Imposing a work or job training requirement, as a condition of eligibility, could result in a significant number of cancer patients, recent survivors and many other individuals managing serious, chronic illnesses being denied access to the timely, appropriate and lifesaving health care and treatment services provided through the state’s Medicaid program.  

“Maintaining access to quality, affordable, accessible and comprehensive health care coverage and services is a matter of life and survivorship for thousands of low-income cancer patients and survivors,” said Andrew Schepers, Michigan government relations director for ACS CAN. “ACS CAN urges Chairwoman Cox and the members of the House Appropriations Committee to oppose SB 897 as cancer patients, survivors and those who will be diagnosed with the disease could be seriously disadvantaged by such policies and find themselves ineligible for any health care coverage, jeopardizing their chance of survival.”

ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit


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