Regardless of the political climate, cancer patients have always needed help navigating the complexities of health insurance coverage to ensure they have access to quality care while maintaining their financial stability. Because of this need, the Society created a unique service in 2005 to help patients and work with the Society’s advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), to illustrate the needs of cancer patients and survivors related to insurance coverage.
Our Health Insurance Assistance Service (HIAS) works to help cancer patients identify health insurance options, and share patient stories, data, and trends with ACS CAN to use in working with federal and local lawmakers on policy changes to improve access to care for cancer patients.
Extensively trained specialists provide the service and offer guidance to constituents with general and state-specific insurance needs. Not only do they work to help constituents resolve immediate concerns, but the patient stories they gather are used by ACS CAN to advocate for changes to the health care system that will benefit those with a history of cancer. This collaboration provides tangible examples of health insurance system successes and failures to facilitate policy solutions.
HIAS identifies health insurance options for which cancer patients might be eligible based on factors such as state and federal laws, family status, insurance history, income, age, and overall health. The service is available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. If you have questions or need assistance contact us at 1-800-227-2345.