Increased Access to Medicaid


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

February 25, 2021

Washington, D.C. — Fifteen groups representing patients, people with disabilities and health care professionals filed an amicus curiae - or friend of the court - brief today urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect access to health coverage as it considers the validity of work and community

February 16, 2021

e administration sent letters to states late Friday that have approved Medicaid waivers allowing work and community engagement requirements, stating these requirements do not promote the objectives of the program and announcing its intention to review whether to keep them in place.

February 1, 2021

MONTGOMERY, AL – February 1, 2021 – As lawmakers prepare to dive into the first day of the 2021 legislative session, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) looks ahead to what public health initiatives our lawmakers can accomplish in the new year. Alabama has the

January 27, 2021

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Today, Gov. Mike Parson delivered his State of the State Address and released his proposed fiscal year 2022 budget. Emily Kalmer, director of government relations in Missouri for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), made the following statement in reaction. “As an

Increased Access to Medicaid Resources

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.

ACS CAN comments on Nebraska's 1115 Demonstration Waiver.