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

April 23, 2020
Maine

Victory in the fight against cancer requires bold new public policies that promote cancer prevention, early detection of cancer, and expand access to quality, affordable health care. Lawmakers make many decisions that impact the lives of Mainers touched by cancer and their leadership is vital to defeating this disease. In

April 8, 2020
North Carolina

Raleigh, N.C. —In response to the N.C. General Assembly’s call for policy recommendations addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) of North Carolina, is advocating for the following: Closing the health insurance coverage gap: Expand access and eligibility to Medicaid so North Carolinians

February 10, 2020
National

The administration released its FY21 budget today which contains significant cuts to health care programs. If implemented, the cuts could leave millions more Americans uninsured and unable to access comprehensive health coverage and stall medical research essential to preventing, detecting and treating cancer.

February 4, 2020
Tennessee

On Tuesday, February 4 th coalition partners and advocates from across the state joined forces for the Tennesseans for Affordable Access to Medicine Day of Action. The goal was to ask Tennessee state lawmakers to reform step therapy protocols. Step therapy, often called “fail first,” is a process that requires

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.