The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network is disappointed that the legislature didn’t pass legislation this general assembly that would have created paid medical and family leave, which would have helped reduce the cancer burden on Illinoisans.
Senate Committee Unanimously Passes Oral Chemotherapy Legislation
ACS CAN was thrilled to see the Senate Health Policy Committee pass oral chemotherapy fairness legislation unanimously today.
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) was thrilled to see the Senate Health Policy Committee pass oral chemotherapy fairness legislation unanimously today. ACS CAN looks forward to seeing the full Senate quickly pass this legislation and the Governor signing this critical legislation into law soon.
“This legislation would give chronically ill patients more affordable access to the cancer treatment they need. It would ensure that the out-of-pocket costs 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.”
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.