A new report from the American Cancer Society Action Network, the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, shows where Idaho is falling short when it comes to implementing policies and passing legislation to prevent and reduce suffering and death from cancer.

     The 17th edition of the report, released on Aug. 1, rates states in eight specific areas of public policy that can help fight cancer: increased access to care through Medicaid, access to palliative care, balanced pain-control policies, cigarette tax levels, smoke-free laws, funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs, cessation coverage under Medicaid and restricting indoor tanning devices for people under 18.

     Of the eight areas, Idaho measured green—showing that the state has adopted evidence-based policies and best practices—in only one area: increased access to Medicaid.

     For the full report, visit fightcancer.org.

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