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​New digital storybook gives voice to individuals impacted by Medicaid

On July 10, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) launched a digital collection of stories about individuals, families, and health care providers sharing their experiences with the Medicaid program.

Developed as part of ACS CAN's Medicaid Covers US public education project, the digital storybook features individuals who have been impacted by this insurance program, those that could have been aided by Medicaid if they had qualified, and health professionals that have seen the impact this program has made in the lives of patients and in the health care system.

The digital storybook can be accessed at

Launched in April 2019, the Medicaid Covers U.S. public education project intends to engage decision makers, community members, and the public in a dialogue about the vital services Medicaid provides. The public education project is supported by a grant to ACS provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and funding from ACS and ACS CAN. ACS CAN is investing additional funding to support ongoing advocacy work across the country.

The project focuses on six states: Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Virginia. Leveraging the power of storytelling, ACS CAN aims to promote the positive impact Medicaid has made on beneficiaries and health care providers, as well as state and local economies.

"In the fight against cancer, we know that affordable access to health care is critical, and Medicaid plays a major role in helping people get and stay healthy," said Lisa Lacasse, president of ACS CAN. "By helping to ensure people have access to health care when they need it most, Medicaid makes it possible for people and economies to thrive."

The storybook may be shared with volunteers, donors, and others who are interested in learning more about the role Medicaid plays for residents, health care providers, and state economies. 

If you have questions about the storybook or the overall Medicaid Covers US project, please contact Hilary Gee Goeckner, ACS CAN state and local campaigns manager – Medicaid.

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