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Urge the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress to Put Cancer Patients First

Add your name here to sign our statement to the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress, urging them to prioritize cancer patients.

 

All individuals impacted by cancer must have access to timely, high-quality, and comprehensive health care. President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Members of Congress, I ask you to prioritize cancer patients by addressing these four issues in your first 100 days:

  1. Routine cancer screenings have plummeted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Delayed or missed screenings could result in some cancer cases being diagnosed later or with poorer prognosis. Work with Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and partner organizations to encourage routine cancer screening and treatments.  
  2. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) improved our nation’s health care coverage landscape and the gains made possible by it must be protected and strengthened. Work with HHS to act against harmful administrative policies that created barriers to timely, high-quality, and comprehensive health care.
  3. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed longstanding systemic health and socioeconomic disparities for people of color, women, and people living with lower incomes, etc. These same disparities exist in the cancer continuum from cancer screening to survivorship. Prioritize addressing disparities in health care to ensure equitable access to quality, affordable health care for all people.
  4. The expansion of less-than comprehensive insurance plans on the market have caused a significant increase in uninsured rates over the last few years, leaving cancer patients at risk of paying higher out-of-pocket costs and obtaining inadequate coverage. No patient should face discrimination through higher premiums and exorbitant out-of-pocket costs. Work with Congress to address affordability and stability in the overall health care system in order to protect patients.

Thank you for considering the above policy priorities. We must collectively work together to ensure that those impacted by cancer have access to affordable, quality health care during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

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