Support SB 252 for Kansans facing cancer.
Dear [Decision Maker],
As your constituent and a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, I am writing to urge your support for an issue critical to Kansans facing cancer.
Access to health insurance through Medicaid provides thousands more Kansans the ability to catch cancer in its early stages when treatment is less expensive and survivorship is more likely. Hardworking Kansans shouldn't have to choose between lifesaving care and other household bills. Passage of SB 252 will ensure that our family members, neighbors and friends have access to lifesaving health insurance coverage that includes screening, diagnostic and cancer treatment care. ACS CAN supports SB 252 because it will allow Kansans facing cancer to get the care they need when they need it regardless of their ability to work or pay a monthly premium. Work requirements and lockout periods for non-payment of premiums erect costly administrative barriers to lifesaving and life changing cancer screenings, diagnostic testing and treatment services. The work referral program and premium structure contained in SB 252 are more patient friendly than requirements that have been enacted in other states. Work requirements are problematic for cancer patients and survivors as treatment often comes with side effects, some of which can be serious or debilitating. Treating physicians may advise cancer patients against working during treatment to avoid risk of infection, to have time to heal, and for other reasons.
Where you live shouldn't dictate whether or not you survive, but for Kansans currently in the coverage gap, it might. Medicaid expansion will save lives in Kansas. I urge you to support SB 252 as written without the addition of administrative barriers to care.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]