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.

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Affordable Cancer Care Past Due

Congress: Affordable Cancer Care Is Past Due

Ask Congress to help people access affordable health care by closing the Medicaid coverage gap and extending the expansion of Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace subsidies.

Latest Updates

May 16, 2022

Discrimination in health care and quality of care remain barriers to receiving care for Black and Hispanic cancer patients and survivors, according to preliminary data from a forthcoming American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Survivor Views survey.

May 6, 2022
Texas

WICHITA FALLS, TX – May 6, 2022 – Family and friends recall former Wichita Falls resident Jackie Bush as the definition of bravery, strength and a force to be reckoned with. She undoubtedly left her mark in Texas, and on the hearts of fellow volunteers and legislatures as a lead

May 6, 2022
Arizona

Governor Ducey signed legislation that will ensure biomarker testing is covered by more insurance plans, including Medicaid. The new law will enable more Arizonans to benefit from biomarker testing, a critical step in accessing precision medicine treatments that can lead to improved survival, better quality of life.

April 26, 2022

Legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives today aims to improve access to quality health care for and decrease health disparities in communities of color.

Access to Health Care Resources

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.  

ACS CAN joined 50 groups representing, cancer patients, survivors, doctors, nurses, cancer centers, pharmacists and researchers urging Congress to address barriers to patient access to care and coverage.

ACS CAN responded to the reopening of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) coverage decision for NGS testing panels.