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Cancer won’t stop. And neither will we.

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues, many cancer patients are facing tremendous challenges accessing the care they need to fight their cancer. From delayed treatment to losing their job and health insurance, the potential struggle for cancer patients has never been greater.

ACS CAN is working to add critical patient provisions to the coronavirus stimulus packages being debated in Congress as well as working at the state and local levels to expand access to important health services and coverage.

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June 22, 2021
New Jersey

Trenton – Today, New Jersey lawmakers released budget numbers that reflect a dangerous reduction in screening for critical cancer screening programs, by reducing the budget of the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Screening Program (NJCEED) from $3.5 Million to $3.1 Million, an 11 percent cut. NJCEED offers

April 13, 2021
Maine

PORTLAND, ME – Today, state legislators heard from cancer and cardiovascular patients, survivors, and public health advocates during Maine’s virtual Tobacco Action Day . Even though the advocates could not travel to the capitol this year, they made their voices heard through virtual meetings, phone calls and social media. The

March 10, 2021
National

Today Congress finished its work passing legislation that will expand access to health care coverage to more Americans, including cancer patients and survivors, who may have lost their insurance due to the ongoing pandemic. The bill now goes to the president to be signed into law.

March 6, 2021
National

The U.S. Senate has passed legislation that will expand access to health care coverage to more Americans, including cancer patients and survivors, who may have lost their insurance due to the ongoing pandemic.

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The upheaval to the U.S. economy caused by the pandemic has resulted in many Americans losing their jobs and their employer-provided health insurance. Mid-year coverage disruptions are costly because cancer patients like Franklin who have already met their deductible and maximums near the beginning of the year must pay another deductible and reach their new maximum out-of-pocket amount when they start their new insurance plan.

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, the impact on cancer patients and survivors has further increased.  This follow-up to our April Survivor Views survey shows how the pandemic is affecting cancer survivors’ access the health care, financial stability, and well-being.

The COVID-19 pandemic and responses to help prevent its spread have had far-reaching impact on all Americans, and particularly on cancer patients and survivors.