Cancer Patients and Survivors Return to the Statehouse to Rally Legislators
Michigan Must Do Better to Reduce the Burden of Cancer
Statement from American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Government Relations Director Molly Medenblik
LANSING, MI – “The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is thrilled to see the House pass oral chemotherapy fairness legislation today. ACS CAN wants to take this moment to thank Rep. Samantha Steckloff for supporting and sponsoring this legislation, as well as for sharing her personal experience with cancer.
“This legislation would give chronically ill patients more affordable access to the cancer treatment they need. It would ensure that the out-of-pocket cost for the patient for oral and intravenous (IV) chemotherapy are similar. Currently, the out-of-pocket costs for some oral chemotherapy medications are higher than IV medications. This is an unnecessary barrier for some Michiganders.
“Oral chemotherapy fairness legislation was initially introduced in Michigan over 15 years ago. That is a long time to make cancer patients wait, especially since 43 other states have passed similar legislation. ACS CAN looks forward to working with the Senate to quickly pass this legislation and get it to the governor's desk for signing.”
About ACS CAN:
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 www.fightcancer.org.