National Press Releases

March 12, 2018

Letter: Patient Safety Concerns Remain in House Right to Try Legislation

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network together with more than 75 organizations representing millions of patients sent a letter to leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives, expressing concerns about proposed legislation to change the process for accessing experimental drugs without including necessary patient safeguards.

March 6, 2018

Proposed Association Health Plan Rule Could Split Insurance Market and Unravel Patient Protections

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) submitted comments to the Department of Labor regarding proposed changes to rules governing association health plans (AHPs). The comments detail several ways the proposed rule could divide the individual insurance market and significantly weaken patient protections leaving cancer patients and survivors with few meaningful or affordable coverage choices.

March 1, 2018

Bill Would Close Medicare Colorectal Cancer Screening Loophole

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and ACS CAN staff and volunteers will be urging lawmakers to support and pass the “Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act” (H.R. 1017 and S. 479) – a bill that would eliminate cost-sharing during a routine screening colonoscopy when a polyp is removed. 

February 28, 2018

Childhood Cancer Research Bill Moves Forward in Congress

The bipartisan bill would advance pediatric cancer research and increase transparency and expertise for pediatric cancer research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Additionally, the legislation expands research into the long-term side effects of childhood cancer and its treatments

January 11, 2018

Cancer Patients, Recent Survivors Should Be Exempt From Possible Medicaid Work Requirements

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance allowing states to require “able-bodied” adults to work, participate in job training or volunteer in order to receive Medicaid health benefits. As part of the guidance, CMS exempts those who are deemed, “medically frail,” however the guidance does not clearly define who would be considered medically frail.