Cancer Patients and Survivors Rally at the Statehouse

Indiana Must Do Better to Reduce the Burden of Cancer

January 24, 2024

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Today, cancer patients, survivors and caregivers from across the state traveled to the capitol in Indianapolis to meet in person with their elected officials. They let their lawmakers know that Indiana can and must do better to prevent cancer and reduce suffering and death by improving access to care and reducing tobacco use.

Advocates asked lawmakers to support legislation that would improve access to biomarker testing, a game changer in the fight against cancer and an essential step in accessing precision medicine treatments by ensuring state-regulated health insurance, including Medicaid, covers appropriate biomarker testing for patients who could benefit. Dubbed ‘the right treatment at the right time,’ precision medicine has played a critical role in improving cancer outcomes. Despite its benefits, health insurance coverage of biomarker testing has not kept pace with innovations in treatment.

“Biomarker testing has given me better, more effective treatment options, a better chance of surviving cancer and more time with my family,” said Keith Hollingsworth, a husband and father of two young boys and stage 4 colorectal cancer patient. “I let our lawmakers know that they should expand coverage for biomarker testing and give more Hoosier access to precision medicine and a better chance of surviving cancer.” 

Furthermore, advocates reminded legislators to prioritize fact-based legislation, including significantly increasing taxes on all tobacco products and investing in tobacco control programs to reduce tobacco use in the state. Indiana's high tobacco use rates among adults and youth are a leading cause of preventable death and more must be done to reduce Big Tobacco’s grip on the state.

This year, an estimated 42,710 Hoosiers will be diagnosed with cancer and 14,280 are expected to die from the devastating disease. Those gathered at the capitol today are calling on Indiana lawmakers to change this by taking steps to prioritize the fight against cancer. 


The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) makes cancer a top priority for policymakers at every level of government. ACS CAN empowers volunteers across the country to make their voices heard to influence evidence-based public policy change that improves the lives of people with cancer and their families. We believe everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer. Since 2001, as the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN has successfully advocated for billions of dollars in cancer research funding, expanded access to quality affordable health care, and advanced proven tobacco control measures. We’re more determined than ever to stand together with our volunteers to end cancer as we know it, for everyone. Join the fight by visiting

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