The State of Cancer Care in America: Impact of State Policy on Access to High-Quality Cancer Care

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  • 1 National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania;
  • | 2 Cancer patient, survivor, and patient advocate, Arlington, Virginia;
  • | 3 The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Health Science Colleges, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, Columbus, Ohio; and
  • | 4 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dallas, Texas.
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Health policy in America has shifted rapidly over the last decade, and states are increasingly exercising greater authority over health policy decision-making. This localization and regionalization of healthcare policy poses significant challenges for patients with cancer, providers, advocates, and policymakers. To identify the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead of stakeholders, NCCN hosted the 2019 Policy Summit: The State of Cancer Care in America on June 27, 2019, in Washington, DC. The summit featured multidisciplinary panel discussions to explore the implications for access to quality cancer care within a shifting health policy landscape from a patient, provider, and lawmaker perspective. This article encapsulates the discussion from this NCCN Policy Summit.

Submitted December 12, 2019; accepted for publication January 29 2020.

Disclosures: The authors have disclosed that they have not received any financial consideration from any person or organization to support the preparation, analysis, results, or discussion of this article.

Correspondence: Terrell Johnson, MPA, National Comprehensive Cancer Network, 3025 Chemical Road, Suite 100, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462. Email:
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