NCCS joined with patient advocacy organizations in the Cancer Leadership Council (CLC) in submitting a letter to Congressional leaders regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

In our letter, we urge Congress not to repeal the ACA until specific proposals are identified to replace the ACA. Representing cancer patients, caregivers, and numerous other stakeholders, the letter highlights the critical importance of sustaining uninterrupted access to affordable and high-quality health care.

An excerpt from the letter:

As you turn your attention to action related to the Affordable Care Act, we urge you to remember the acute, chronic, and lifetime needs of cancer patients. For these Americans, a disruption in the insurance market may translate to a loss of affordable insurance coverage and access to care. That can in turn mean significant disruptions in care, adverse outcomes, and unmanageable costs of care. Our organizations have already been contacted by patients who are experiencing serious stress caused by anticipation of loss of affordable insurance and therefore a loss of access to care; this stress may in turn adversely affect treatment outcomes.

The burden of such disruptions on individual patients would be acute, but the system itself would also be harmed if cancer patients receive delayed or inadequate care. We all share a goal of an affordable health system that provides patient-centered care, and we must ensure that policy changes to achieve that goal do not deny care to cancer patients during the legislative process and implementation of new laws.

Read the full letter below.