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Lisa A. Lacasse: Cancer National Forum was an inspiring testament to reduce the burden of both cancer and medical debt
May 13, 2024, 06:17

Lisa A. Lacasse: Cancer National Forum was an inspiring testament to reduce the burden of both cancer and medical debt

Lisa A. Lacasse shared a post on LinkedIn:

“Yesterday’s Cancer National Forum was an inspiring testament to the power of collaboration and partnership to reduce the burden of both cancer and medical debt around the country.

47% of cancer patients and survivors surveyed in American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN)‘s latest Survivor Views Survey incurred medical debt in order to pay for their cancer care. Medical debt places a disproportionate burden among people of color.

Black respondents are more likely to have cancer debt–59%, and more likely to owe more, and to carry their debt longer.

It is crucial to shed light on the true toll of medical debt and ways we can partner and advocate for public policy interventions to ease this burden for patients, survivors and their families. You can catch the replay here.

A heartfelt thank you to our team at ACS CAN who made it happen, our speakers, panelists, and participants who gathered to discuss the burden of Medical Debt and innovative approaches to reduce the cost of cancer care for all.

Special appreciation goes to all our program participants for raising your voices:

Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, Karen Knudsen, Eva Marie Stahl, Michael Perry, Donna Marie Woodson, Angela Riemer, JoAnn Volk, Jared Walker, Matt Szaflarski, Samantha Bunk, Howie Jackson, Audrea Juny Simpson, John McNamara, Kaylan Fodor, Jen Sharp, Aimee Hoch, Noam N. Levey, Robin Yabroff, Maanasa Kona, Sarah Long, Jennifer Schultz, Gissoo DeCotiis, Amanda Brown Lierman, Jennifer Holloway, Fumiko Ladd Chino, and Andy Janning.”

Lisa A. Lacasse

Source: Lisa A. Lacasse/LinkedIn

Lisa A. Lacasse is a President at American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. As president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), Lisa leads more than 200 staff in Washington, D.C. and across the country in advancement of laws, policies and regulations that support the American Cancer Society’s mission to reduce death and suffering caused by cancer.