Access to Health Care

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Every American deserves access to quality, affordable health care. From cancer screenings like mammograms and colonoscopies to the latest breakthroughs in treatment, everyone should have access to the care that could prevent cancer and save their life.  In addition, ensuring that low-income working families have access to affordable health insurance is proven to reduce overall health care costs. 

We are working in every state and in Congress to expand health care options and protect existing laws that help patients get true access to the care they need. 

People without health insurance are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer at a late stage, when the disease is harder to treat, more costly and more difficult to survive.

Latest Updates

February 3, 2023
Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – February 2, 2023 - The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) hosted a Cancer Action Day at the Utah State Capitol building today. ACS CAN volunteers, including cancer survivors, patients, and caregivers met with lawmakers and urged them to support legislation that

February 2, 2023
National

American Cancer Society and ACS CAN statement on one-year anniversary of reignition of the Cancer Moonshot Initiative.

January 12, 2023
Michigan

As lawmakers dive into the 2023 legislative session, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network urges legislators to prioritize improving access to cancer care.

January 11, 2023
New York

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and a coalition of leading cancer centers, patient and provider advocacy groups and others committed to saving lives from cancer, delivered a letter to Governor Hochul today asking her to dedicate $25.6 million to the New York State Cancer Services Program (CSP) and establish a $1 million operating budget line to support the operations of the CSP in the Fiscal Year 2023-24. In 2023 there will be over 118,000 new cases of cancer and over 32,000 New Yorkers will die of the disease. More than half of these cancers can be caught early, when the survival rate is highest. Investing in cancer prevention and early detection saves lives. By investing in the CSP, New York can reduce the number of family members, loved ones, and friends lost to cancer.

Access to Health Care Resources

Read a summary of the Costs of Cancer Survivorship report and public statements from ACS CAN President, Lisa Lacasse.

Hispanic/Latino people facing cancer and survivors experience high costs, and are more likely than White counterparts to be uninsured and experience serious financial hardship.

In a recent poll, 51% of cancer patients and survivors report incurring medical debt as a result of their cancer care.