Access Denied: The Injustice of the Medicaid Coverage Gap
June 17, 2022
The facts are clear: expanding access to Medicaid saves lives from cancer. Yet lawmakers in 12 states refuse to expand access to Medicaid for more than 2 million people who desperately need it. In fact, a new study led by researchers at the American Cancer Society shows the survival rate for people newly diagnosed with cancer is higher in states that have expanded Medicaid than in states that have not.
By refusing to expand Medicaid, these lawmakers are making political decisions that are literally costing lives. They have created a situation where someone’s chance of surviving cancer might depend on their race, income, or where they live. This is wrong – and it’s past time for Congress to fix this. We need to draw as much attention to this injustice as possible and convince Congress to take action.
Take a look at our new video that shows the devastating impact of failing to expand Medicaid. Then, help us spread the word by sharing the video on your social media.
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is featured in the Urban One 2022 Engaging Black America Special Supplement issued today – and, as always, we are highlighting yet another critical issue that has lifesaving implications for Americans all across the country.
We have good news: One of our top lobbyists just confirmed that members of Congress are hopeful about their negotiations on an upcoming legislative package that could expand access to quality, affordable health care.