Share your 2020 legislative priorities.

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Dear [Decision Maker],

As a constituent and volunteer for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), I hope I can count on you to support policies that fight back against cancer during the Minnesota 2020 legislative session.




There are four ways Minnesota can help patients and survivors in 2020.

First, lawmakers can increase access to breast and cervical cancer treatment. The CDC's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program funds states and organizations to screen low income, underinsured, or uninsured women. Under federal law, any woman diagnosed with cancer through this CDC-funded program is automatically eligible for Medicaid. However, Minnesota statute adopted this narrowly and says that only women diagnosed through one specific CDC-funded program is automatically eligible for Medicaid, leaving out women diagnosed through other CDC-funded programs. ACS CAN supports legislation to make sure any woman diagnosed with cancer through any CDC-funded program can access the treatment they need (SF 3121/HF 3322).

Second, lawmakers can help to remove barriers to clinical trials. Clinical trials are the key step in advancing potential new cancer treatments. The Medicaid program is one of the few remaining insurance programs in the U.S. that is not required to cover routine care for patients in cancer clinical trials. ACS CAN supports legislation to require medical assistance to cover routine costs associated with a clinical trial (HF 3026/SF 3125).

Third, Minnesota should restrict the sale of all flavored tobacco products (HF 3032). Fruit, candy, and menthol tobacco products lure kids into addiction, making it easier to start and harder to quit. 80% of kids who have ever used tobacco start with a flavored product. By removing flavored tobacco products from stores, we are acting to protect the health of our kids and Minnesota.

Finally, I hope you and your colleagues will support legislation to raise Minnesota's tobacco sales age to 21 (HF 331/SF 463). Minnesota can pass our own bill to conform with federal law and make sure our state removes penalties on young people and focus on enforcement.

I look forward to working with you in 2020 to prevent cancer and improve the lives of patients, survivors, and their families.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]