Close the Health Coverage Gap - Vote YES on HB655

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Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent and on behalf of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), I am writing to ask that you VOTE YES on the Working Families Act (H655). The Working Families Act would establish a new, affordable health insurance option for hard working individuals and families who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but too little to afford private insurance.

In 2019, an estimated 58,690 North Carolinians will hear the words "you have cancer." Having comprehensive, adequate and affordable health insurance coverage is key to early detection and successful treatment of cancer. Medicaid matters in the fight against cancer. Lack of adequate health insurance is a critical barrier to receipt of appropriate health care services especially for low income folks in underserved communities who suffer from higher cancer rates and are less likely to be diagnosed early or receive optimal treatment compared to other groups.

The Working Families Act would provide low-income state residents access to comprehensive coverage from prevention and early detection services to cancer treatment and survivorship care. Passage of this legislation would give hard working individuals and families a hand up, not a hand out. Eligible individuals would pay premiums and/or copayments and they would have to meet other administrative reporting requirements to maintain their coverage.

Having access to health insurance is a matter of life or death for countless cancer patients, survivors and state residents facing a cancer diagnosis. Ensuring that low-income individuals and families have access to comprehensive, affordable health care coverage is one of the most critical ways lawmakers can successfully reduce cancer incidence and mortality in our state.

As your constituent, I ask you to please VOTE YES on the Working Families Act (H655).

Respectfully yours,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]