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, 40 states and the District of Columbia have increased access to their Medicaid programs, providing over 21 million individuals and families access to health care coverage and to lifesaving tests like mammograms, colonoscopies and other cancer screenings.

We are working in the remaining 10 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.  


40 states have increased access to health care through Medicaid, helping provide twelve million Americans with access to lifesaving cancer care.

Latest Updates

February 2, 2024

ATLANTA, Ga. – Feb. 2, 2024 – More than 50 cancer patients, survivors and their families and caregivers from throughout Georgia will be out in force at the State Capitol next Tuesday, February 6 to meet with lawmakers to ask them to support policies that reduce the burden of

January 5, 2024

ATLANTA, Ga. – January 5, 2024 – Statement from Julie Vojtech , American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Georgia government relations director: “As Georgia lawmakers dive into the 2024 legislative session, ACS CAN urges them to prioritize legislation to ease the burden of cancer on Georgians. Georgia

December 6, 2023
South Carolina

As a long-time physician and public health advocate in Rock Hill, S.C., I am looking to our northern neighbors with envy. On Dec. 1, North Carolina closed the coverage gap and expanded Medicaid so that nearly 600,000 more people can now access affordable, quality healthcare. South Carolina should take a

December 1, 2023
North Carolina

December 1 is a monumental day for North Carolina. The Tar Heel State should feel a sense of pride and relief for the nearly 600,000 North Carolinians who are now eligible for affordable health insurance through Medicaid. We at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) are thrilled

Increased Access to Medicaid Resources

ACS CAN submitted comments in July 2023 to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expressing grave concerns about Arkansas' request to create work or engagement requirements in Medicaid. 

ACS CAN strongly opposes any attempt by the federal government or states to condition Medicaid coverage on work or community engagement.

ACS CAN opposes per capita caps, block grants, and other capped funding structures for the Medicaid program, as they endanger access to care.