For cancer patients and survivors caught in the coverage gap, we know access to health care means comprehensive coverage for cessation and other resources to help Mississippians with limited incomes successfully quit smoking, but it also means access to screening, medications, and life-saving treatment.
Legislative Action Needed to Reduce the Burden of Cancer
As lawmakers dive into the 2022 legislative session, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network urges legislators to prioritize passing legislation that will ease the burden of cancer on Tennesseans.
NASHVILLE, TN – “As lawmakers dive into the 2022 legislative session, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) urges legislators to prioritize passing legislation that will ease the burden of cancer on Tennesseans.
“ACS CAN is asking the legislature to prioritize access to care for cancer patients through the expansion of telehealth services and increased access to biomarker testing. Telehealth is critical because it provides cancer patients and survivors with a convenient means of accessing some cancer care and primary care – a particularly important option for individuals in rural areas of the country and the immunocompromised.
“Dubbed ‘the right treatment, to the right patient, at the right time,’ precision medicine plays a critical role in improving cancer outcomes, and biomarker testing is an essential step to precision medicine. Legislative action on these pieces of legislation would improve access to care for cancer patients and help to reduce the cancer burden in Tennessee.”
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.