Wisconsin Gets Mixed Reviews on Cancer-Fighting Public Policies

Wisconsin gets mixed reviews when it comes to supporting policies and passing legislation to prevent and reduce suffering and death from cancer. According to the latest edition of How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality a report released by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) on August 6, 2015.  

How Wisconsin Measures Up

Cigarette Tax RatesGreen
Smoke-free LawsGreen
Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program FundingRed
Medicaid Coverage of Tobacco Cessation ServicesYellow
Indoor Tanning Device RestrictionsYellow
Increased Access to MedicaidRed
Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection FundingYellow
Access to Palliative CareRed
Pain PolicyGreen

Nationally, the report finds that only three states meet six out of the nine benchmarks measured. While 25 states and the District of Columbia are making progress in enacting and strengthening policies that fight cancer, unfortunately the remaining 25 states are falling short and no state meets seven or more benchmarks. No state received a green rating in more than six categories measure.

Read more here: How Do You Measure Up?

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