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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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Join us in pressing Congress to continue working toward a bipartisan solution that reduces healthcare costs for patients and survivors while providing true access to the cancer care they need.

Latest Updates

February 18, 2020
Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska – Cancer patients, their families and other volunteers from around the state who have been touched by cancer united at the State Capitol in Juneau today to share their personal stories and push for policy change to fight cancer. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS

February 18, 2020
Tennessee

Nashville, TN – Cancer patients, their families and other volunteers from around the state who have been touched by cancer came together at the State Capitol in Nashville to advocate for cancer-fighting legislation today, Tuesday, February 18, 2020. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) gives people impacted

February 14, 2020
National

Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled unanimously that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should not have approved work requirements and other barriers to eligibility for Medicaid as part of a request from the state of Arkansas.

February 11, 2020
National

Washington, D.C.—This week the House Education and Labor and Ways and Means Committees are set to mark-up legislation that would exempt patients from having to pay surprise medical bills in most circumstances. Surprise medical bills are bills that result from a patient unexpectedly receiving care or a service from an

Access to Health Care Resources

These comments were submitted by ACS CAN to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding changes to the template Summary Plan Document that health insurance plans must provide to consumers.

In a letter to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), ACS CAN and other organziations provided specific comments to provide greater consumer protections and improvements to  the NAIC's Health Carrier Prescription Drug Benefit Model Act (Formulary Model Act). 

ACS CAN filed comments on the 2017 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters, including issues related to Medicare notices, standardized plan option designs, and network adequacy.