Tell Your Representatives to Protect Lung Cancer Patients

Help ensure access to quality, affordable healthcare coverage for all. Sign our petition asking Congress to protect and improve access to quality and affordable healthcare coverage for people with or at risk for lung cancer 

Patients impacted by lung cancer need quality and affordable healthcare. Without quality and affordable care, people at high risk for lung cancer may not be able to access the screening they need to detect cancer early, they may not be able to afford the treatments they need if they are diagnosed with cancer, and they may be without the care they deserve.

Please sign our petition asking leaders in Congress to take action to secure patient protections through the Affordable Care Act and to ensure access to quality and affordable care for all.

Petition

Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and Minority Leader McCarthy:

The undersigned individuals ask you to work to secure patient protections and ensure access to quality, affordable healthcare coverage. 

Healthcare coverage is critical to successfully combating lung cancer. Lung cancer remains the nation’s leading cause of cancer death. Quality and affordable health care coverage enables individuals at high risk to access the screening they need to detect cancer early on when it is most treatable. It also enables patients to receive the treatment that is necessary without facing bankruptcy. The enactment of the Affordable Care Act greatly expanded access to care and established critical protections against discrimination for patients with pre-existing conditions like lung cancer, among many other achievements. There are still millions of individuals without the care they need, however, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We also recognize a disproportionate number of uninsured Americans are members of historically marginalized communities. People of color are more likely to be impacted by COVID-19, more likely to suffer from poor lung cancer outcomes, and more likely to be without the healthcare coverage needed to withstand such an onslaught. These communities deserve more. 

The American Lung Association’s 2020 “State of Lung Cancer” report finds that people of color who are diagnosed with lung cancer are less likely to be diagnosed early, less likely to receive surgical treatment, and more likely to receive no treatment. In order to help address this injustice and improve the health of all lung cancer patients, Congress must act. 

We ask that you build upon current patient protections and work to enact further policies to improve access to quality and affordable healthcare so that our community can continue to live and breathe. 

Sincerely, 

Page last updated: November 16, 2020

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