Prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), cancer survivors were at the mercy of the health care system, often forced to pay exorbitant premiums or simply denied coverage altogether. Today, America’s 16 million cancer survivors benefit from the ACA’s patient protections that are critical to providing them with quality, affordable, and accessible health care coverage. NCCS is actively engaged in advocating to ensure this unprecedented access for cancer patients and providers continues.

Today, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan withdrew the American Health Care Act (AHCA) when it became clear that he did not have the votes to pass it. In his press conference, he said that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the “law of the land for the foreseeable future.” The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) strongly opposed the AHCA, which would have harmed millions of Americans, including cancer patients and survivors, and advocated aggressively against its passage.

Hopefully now, Members of Congress can finally work in a bipartisan manner to improve and strengthen the ACA. The ACA led to historic reductions in the uninsured, caps on out-of-pocket expenses, and critical patient protections to name a few, providing millions of Americans with health and financial peace of mind.

NCCS is grateful to advocates across the country who shared their stories, called and wrote their Members of Congress, attended town halls, and made their voices heard. This bill would have been bad for Americans and especially bad for cancer patients and survivors. Our community let Congress know that we did not approve of this legislation and helped put a stop to it.

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