PIERRE, S.D. (Dakota News Now) – Monday was Cancer Action Day in South Dakota, and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteers in Pierre met with lawmakers and asked them to wear suits and sneakers and use their influence to “get active” to enact legislation that will make life better for those who are fighting cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, there will be 5,680 South Dakotans diagnosed with cancer and 1,780 will die in 2024. They say this can be reduced with improved access to healthcare and screenings, which is what volunteers were asking lawmakers for.
The volunteers encouraged lawmakers to support Senate Bill 147, which creates a definition of palliative care, allowing for the application for federal grants for at-home care, which will help ease South Dakota’s healthcare workforce shortage. They also asked lawmakers in attendance to prioritize full access to voter-approved Medicaid Expansion, free of work reporting requirements.
Cancer patients, survivors and their families and caregivers were also in attendance.
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