North Dakota U.S. Senate Candidates Answer Questions about Cancer Policy in ACS CAN Voter Guide

October 11, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. – (Oct. 1, 2018) – American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) released a voter guide that details where the two major candidates for North Dakota’s United States Senate seat stand on three important federal policy issues that affect cancer prevention and treatment.

“We want voters to know before the election where the candidates stand on these issues,” said Deb Knuth, ACS CAN North Dakota government relations director. “The future of cancer in North Dakota is so determined by what happens in the halls of Congress today. We are grateful that both Heidi Heitkamp and Kevin Cramer answered our questions because it makes for a truly nonpartisan guide.”

ACS CAN asked both candidates to respond to the following questions:

  • If elected, will you vote for annual increases in cancer research funding for the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute?
  • If elected, will you oppose any bills that allow insurers to deny coverage or charge higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions, reinstitute lifetime or annual caps, and/or weaken essential health benefits such as coverage for prescription drugs?
  • If elected, will you support public-private efforts to share what we’ve developed in the U.S. to eliminate worldwide death from cervical cancer by supporting U.S. investment in global health funding for cervical cancer prevention, screening and treatment?

Their responses are listed in full at

Cancer Votes is the nation’s leading election program educating the public and candidates about the actions lawmakers should take to make fighting cancer a national priority. The purpose of Cancer Votes is to raise the public profile of cancer issues by educating the public about candidates’ positions on important policy issues that are part of ACS CAN’s fight against cancer. ACS CAN does not advocate for or against the election of particular candidates or otherwise attempt to influence the outcome of any elections.

ACS CAN is strictly nonpartisan and does not endorse, oppose or contribute to any candidate or political party. For more information about Cancer Votes, visit

ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit


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