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State Laws

For individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers, understanding the laws in your state is important because sometimes state laws provide more protection than federal laws. Federal laws are created by the federal government in Washington, D.C., and apply to all people across all states and territories. State laws, outlined here, are created by your state government and only apply in your specific state. 

Browse state laws impacting the cancer community, including topics like health insurance, work and cancer, disability insurance, accessing medical records, estate planning and medical decision-making, and more.

While all of our free resources are tailored for the cancer community, many are also applicable to anyone with a serious medical condition, or the general public.

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Access to Medical Records

This chart outlines the laws in your state to help you access your medical records, including potential charges to access records, how long a provider needs to keep your records, and more.

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Estate Planning & Medical Decision-Making

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Other Cancer-Related State Laws

Learn about state laws related to medical marijuana, Death with Dignity, Right to Try, and digital assets.

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Genetic Information

This chart includes the state laws that provide protections related to genetic information in health, disability, life, and long-term care insurance policies.

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Immigration

Learn about the state laws that provide benefits and protections at the intersection of immigration and access to health care.