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Fight Back Against Cancer this January in New York


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January 2010 Newsletter

New York Update: Governor Paterson Proposes $1 Cigarette Tax Hike

Yesterday New York Governor David Paterson announced that he has proposed a $1.00 increase to the state’s cigarette tax in order to raise needed revenue for health programs in the state’s budget.

While a dollar doesn’t buy much these days, it will buy more than 100,000 kids a brighter future, one without the agony of a smoking addiction. An extra dollar will reduce the number of youth smokers by around 10% and raise more than $150 million in new annual revenue for health care programs.

The American Cancer Society applauds Governor Paterson for his plan to raise the state’s cigarette tax, and for his budget proposal to restore $8.3 million previously cut from New York’s highly successful Tobacco Control Program.

We also support the Governor’s pledge to collect the tax from all cigarette retailers, including those operated by Indian interests. If those taxes were collected, the benefit of a $1.00 increase would be significantly larger than projected in both dollars and in numbers of adults who will quit and kids who will never start.

Visit our New York Action Center

Federal Update: ACS CAN Outlines Health Care Reform Priorities

As Congress works to resolve health care reform, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) has sent a letter to congressional leaders calling for the strongest final bill possible for patients.

“Families affected by cancer will benefit enormously from strong provisions in both bills that would refocus the system to better emphasize prevention, reform the private insurance market to eliminate discrimination based on health status or pre-existing conditions, and improve the quality of care patients receive,” wrote John R. Seffrin, Ph.D., chief executive officer of ACS CAN.

The letter from ACS CAN identifies key priorities to be addressed as debate winds down:

• Improving the affordability of care through strengthened subsidies;
• Guaranteeing the adequacy of essential benefits packages;
• Eliminating annual benefit limits in all insurance plans by 2014, ensuring that annual limits established before then are high enough to cover essential benefits, and banning lifetime limits;
• Providing uninsured people in dire need of care immediate access to high-risk plans; and
• Promoting workplace wellness without linking insurance-based financial incentives or penalties to health outcomes beyond current regulations.

Read the Letter

Fight Back Against Cancer in the New Year

On Wednesday, January 27, President Obama will give his State of the Union address to the nation. During this address, the President’s legislative priorities are laid out for the coming year. You can take part by attending our online State of the Union Watch Party where you can join thousands of other American Cancer Society volunteers from across the country as they watch to see if the President mentions cancer or our legislative priorities during the speech.

Contact us at eaadvocacymail for more information.

Join us on Facebook

Are you on facebook? If so, consider becoming a member of our group, Advocates for the American Cancer Society of New York. We are New York advocacy volunteers and staff working to reduce the burden of cancer through legislative change. Specifically, our group is designed to help you engage your online friends in our efforts encouraging lawmakers and candidates to support laws and policies that will make cancer a top priority in New York. We hope you will join us!

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