Vermont Making Progress on Cancer-Fighting Public Policies

According to a Progress Report on State Legislative Action in Negating Cancer Incidence and Mortality, Vermont has proved to be advancing in the support of policies and legislation that prevent/reduce suffering and death from the illness. Released by the American Cancer Action Network, the report noted that Vermont adhered to six out of the ten policy recommendations advocated for.

Specific legislative approaches have played an important role in fighting cancer within the U.S. state, and these include; a higher taxation on tobacco, enacting smoke-free laws, reducing indoor suntan devices for minors, funding tobacco prevention research and cessation programs, together with funding of cancer screening programs. The report also mentioned that Vermont was designating part of its federal funds to increase patient quality while offering a well-balanced and impartial approach to medications. In addition, the state for the first time passed and enacted legislation in which a patient’s chemotherapy costs were covered by insurance.

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