Access to Affordable Cancer Drugs

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Fighting cancer is a struggle. Getting access to the lifesaving cancer drugs you need – at a price you can afford - shouldn't be.

Too many cancer patients face barriers in getting health insurance coverage for the prescription drugs recommended by their oncologist. And then, oftentimes, even when coverage is there, their share of the cost can bust the household budget.

We must find new solutions to make cancer drugs more accessible and affordable for cancer patients - whether through new regulations or laws passed by Congress and your state legislature.
 

56% of cancer patients and survivors are worried about being able to afford their treatment

Latest Updates

June 26, 2019
National

Today the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will markup legislation aimed at helping reduce patients’ out-of-pocket health care costs and improving public health. The Lower Health Care Costs Act would exempt patients from having to pay surprise medical bills in most circumstances.

May 16, 2019
National

Today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its final rule for Medicare Part D which does not include the full range of proposed changes to drugs in the ‘six protected classes’ of cancer, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, mental illness and organ transplants.

May 14, 2019
National

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) launched an ad campaign this week highlighting deep concerns from cancer patients and survivors over the dangerous impact that proposed changes to Medicare Part D’s six protected classes could have on their access to critical drug therapies.

March 28, 2019
National

A new nationwide survey of cancer patients, caregivers and doctors details the negative effects insurance utilization management policies in private insurance have had on patient care and what those policies could mean should proposed changes to Medicare’s Part D’s “six protected classes” prescription drug coverage policy go into effect.

Access to Affordable Cancer Drugs Resources

ACS CAN submitted comments on the Medicare Part C and D Rule.

Many cancer patients have difficulty affording the cost of their prescription drugs, regardless of whether they are insured.  This is especially true for newer drugs that do not have a generic equivalent.  Many programs exist to help patients afford their medication.  This fact sheet focuses on two of these – patient assistance programs and discount coupons.  

Where healthcare dollars are spent compared with dollars on cancer care, 2015.