Statement from American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Government Relations Director Emily Kalmer
JEFFERSON CITY, MO. - “Today, the Missouri House passed legislation, HJR 117, that could send the issue of expanded access to healthcare coverage back to the statewide ballot. Expanding coverage for Missourians has been a long fought battle that included a ballot campaign in which voters approved expanded coverage and a lengthy court battle that upheld the voice of Missourians. The voters of Missouri and the courts have spoken and they should not have to fight this battle again.
“Today, an additional 66,489 Missourians now have access to MO HealthNet and cancer patients are just starting to get the care they need. Access to health care coverage through MO HealthNet is a matter of life and survivorship for thousands of low-income cancer patients and survivors. ACS CAN asks the Senate to reject HJR 117 and to allow those battling cancer to keep the resources needed to win the fight.”
About ACS CAN at 20
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 saves lives. 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 made workplaces, including restaurants and bars, smoke-free. As we mark our 20th anniversary, we’re more determined than ever to stand together with our volunteers and save more lives from cancer. Join the fight by visiting www.fightcancer.org.