Cancer patients, survivors, caregivers return to Capitol

Cancer patients, survivors, caregivers  return to Capitol

After two years of virtual Cancer Action Days due to the pandemic, cancer patients, survivors and caregivers from across the state traveled to the Capitol in Columbus on March 30 to meet in person with elected officials.

Advocates asked lawmakers to provide better access to care by passing co-pay accumulator legislation (HB 135). Co-pay assistance does not count toward the patients’ out-of-pocket costs in a co-pay accumulator program. Passing legislation will require all payments made by patients, directly or on their behalf, count toward their overall out-of-pocket maximum or deductible, making cancer treatment more affordable.

Volunteers also asked the lawmakers to pass biomarker testing legislation (HB 608), which will enable more patients to benefit from biomarker testing, a step in accessing precision medicine treatments. Dubbed the right treatment, to the right patient, at the right time, precision medicine has played a role in improving cancer outcomes.

This year an estimated 73,700 people in Ohio will be diagnosed with cancer, and nearly 25,120 in the state are expected to die from the disease. Those gathered at the Capitol on March 30 are calling on Ohio lawmakers to make the fight against cancer a priority.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network makes cancer a top priority for policymakers at every level of government, empowering volunteers across the country to make their voices heard to influence evidence-based public policy change. Since 2001, as the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN has successfully advocated for billions of dollars in cancer research funding, expanded access to healthcare and made work places including restaurants and bars smoke-free. Learn more by visiting

Editor’s note: This story was submitted by Pam Manges, a volunteer serving as an Ohio State Lead Ambassador for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

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