Frankfort, KY – February 21, 2019 – Cancer survivors, caregivers and their families from across the state traveled to the Kentucky State Capitol today to call on the Legislature to prioritize the 26,400 Kentuckians who will be diagnosed with cancer in 2019.
The visit was part of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) annual Cancer Awareness Day at the Capitol, which brought cancer advocates together to encourage lawmakers to give chronically ill patients better quality of life and remove unnecessary barriers to patient care.
“An estimated 10,580 Kentuckians will still lose their lives to cancer in this year alone,” said Kristy Young, interim government relations director ACS CAN. “We’re here today to ask lawmakers to commit to proven methods to give cancer patients better quality of life and make getting treatment more accessible.”
Specifically, ACS CAN volunteers asked lawmakers to:
- Vote yes on Senate Bill 65 which will establish a palliative care advisory council that will lead Kentucky toward improved patient care. Palliative care is specialized medical care that focuses on relieving pain, stress and other symptoms of a serious illnesses like cancer.
- Vote yes on Senate Bill 54 which will cap the amount of time an insurance company can consider coverage requests at 72 hours for typical requests and 24 hours for urgent requests. Right now, health insurance companies can take their time as they decide whether they will cover a certain medication or treatment. Many cancer patients are having to wait too long for access to treatment, causing unnecessary suffering and could be harmful to their recovery.
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.