Cancer Patients and Survivors Virtually Rally Sen. Debbie Stabenow

Michigan Cancer Advocate Met with Sen. Stabenow to Ask Her to Support Including the Cancer Drug Parity Act in the Next Stimulus Package

July 22, 2020

LANSING, MI – This statement can be attributed to CJ Heisler, caregiver to his dad and volunteer with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).

“As a cancer caregiver to my dad who is currently battling cancer for a second time while also going back and forth with his insurance about getting oral chemotherapy recommended by his doctor, I want to thank Sen. Stabenow for taking the time to meet with me and my fellow cancer advocates to hear our stories about why it is important the Cancer Drug Parity Act is included in the next stimulus package. 

“The Cancer Drug Parity Act would require health plans to provide the same level of coverage for oral chemotherapy as they do for traditional IV chemotherapy. Often cancer patients have compromised immune systems which puts them at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. I can tell you it is critical during this pandemic to have access to oral chemotherapy you can take safely at home. 

“It has never been more important to ensure Michiganders have reduced barriers to their treatment. I want to thank Sen. Stabenow for her support and urge the rest of Congress to include this critical bill in their next stimulus package.”


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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