Sixty patients and consumers from across the country, each with their own personal health care story, gathered on Capitol Hill today to urge their senators to preserve quality health care access and coverage for millions of Americans.
National Press Releases
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is launching new print and digital ads today highlighting the real risks to cancer patients and survivors posed by pending health care legislation.
New Youth Tobacco Data Highlights Critical Need for Continued CDC Tobacco Prevention and Control Funding
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released data from its National Youth Tobacco Survey today that found tobacco use among youth in grades 6-12 has decreased in recent years.
Today, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill into law that will increase the price of cigarettes by $1.50 per pack. In addition to funding state health initiatives, full implementation of this increase can generate significant revenue for Oklahoma.
New CBO Score Projects 14 Million Americans Will Lose Health Coverage in 2018 Under House-Passed Health Care Bill
Today the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued its updated assessment of the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) – estimating the number of Americans who would likely lose health insurance as compared to current law, as well as the possible cost changes for those who maintain coverage.
Proposed NIH Budget Cuts Could Devastate Medical Innovation and Cripple Critical Cancer Research and Prevention Efforts
The president’s proposed 2018 budget, would decrease the National Institutes of Health budget by 21 percent, decrease the National Cancer Institute budget by 25 percent, cut the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s chronic disease program by nearly 20 percent and reduce Medicaid funding by more than $600 billion.
Congress reached a deal on the 2017 budget that reflects a broad, bipartisan commitment to reducing cancer-related death and suffering in our country through increased research funding and continued funding for critical early detection and prevention programs.
Marketplace Health Insurance Changes Likely to Impede Patients’ Access to Insurance; Increase Consumer Costs
A rule change intended to help stabilize insurance markets created by the Affordable Care Act, restricts patients’ access to special enrollment periods, reduces the number of Essential Community Providers and lessens the actuarial value of some insurance plans sold in the marketplace—leaving patients vulnerable to higher out-of-pocket costs
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network today released its first report examining the costs of treating cancer, and specifically patients’ out-of-pocket expenses. The report found U.S. cancer patients paid nearly $4 billion in out-of-pocket costs in 2014 and the disease cost the country $87.8 billion in cancer-related health spending.
In a friend-of-the-court brief filed today with the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in the case of Lora Jean Williams et al. v. City of Philadelphia et al., leading groups working to improve the health of communities provide scientific evidence of the severe consequences of sugary drinks and their impact in Philadelphia.