Increased Access to Medicaid

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Where you live should not determine whether you live. But, for millions of low-income Americans, the state they live in could determine if they have access to health services, including cancer care.  To date, 31 states have increased access to their Medicaid programs, providing more than nine million individuals and families access to health care coverage and to lifesaving tests like mammogramscolonoscopies and other cancer screenings. 

We are working in the remaining 19 states to reach the day when everyone has access to affordable health care.  Going to the doctor is much cheaper than going to the emergency room. And, for a family, preventing cancer is much less expensive than treating it. 

We know how to save lives from cancer.  And we know how to save money on health care costs.  Ensuring that low-income working families have access to affordable health insurance – especially during tough times – is an important first step.   

  

More than 30 states have increased access to health care through Medicaid, helping provide nine million Americans with access to lifesaving cancer care.

Latest Updates

April 30, 2021
North Dakota

BISMARCK—The North Dakota Legislature adjourned last night and passed its 2021-2023 biennium budget, which includes funding for critical cancer screening programs and tobacco prevention and cessation efforts. They also reauthorized Medicaid expansion funding for another two years. Kendra Krueger of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) in

April 22, 2021
Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Today, the Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee passed the state’s operating budget. The committee’s budget does not include Gov. Parson’s recommendations for funding the expansion of MO Healthnet, Missouri’s Medicaid program. The following statement can be attributed to the following health advocacy organizations: American Cancer Society

March 29, 2021
Wyoming

The Wyoming Senate is set to consider House Bill 162 to increase access to Medicaid for an estimated 25,000 low-income, uninsured Wyoming residents. The bill passed the House last week, and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, and the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), urge the Senate to follow suit and pass this lifesaving legislation.

March 24, 2021
Wyoming

Cheyenne, Wyo.—Today, the Wyoming House of Representatives passed legislation that paves the way to increase access to Medicaid for thousands of low-income, uninsured Wyoming residents. The Senate will now consider House Bill 162. Following is a statement from R.J. Ours, the government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer

Increased Access to Medicaid Resources

ACS CAN comments supporting Medicaid expansion in Oklahoma, but opposing their proposal to rescind retroactive eligibility

ACS CAN's comments on the proposed extension of Arizona Health Care Cost Containment section 1115 demonstration.

ACS CAN comments on Georgia's 1115 Demonstration Waiver.