While voting is important, it isn’t the only way to be an advocate. We need passionate people to advocate for colon cancer prevention policies by contacting their state and federal representatives.
Recently, some very important federal legislation that has been proposed.
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide coverage under the Medicare program for FDA-approved qualifying colorectal cancer screening blood-based tests, and for other purposes.
This amendment was proposed by Congressman Donald Payne, Jr., who lost his father, Congressman Donald Payne, Sr., to colon cancer in 2012. Previously, Congressman Payne, Jr. proposed a resolution to officially recognize March as Colon Cancer Awareness Month.
H.R. 6275 was referred to the Subcommittee on Health on October 7, 2016, where it remains.
This bill amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to waive coinsurance for colorectal cancer screening tests (in order to cover 100% of their cost under Medicare part B [Supplementary Medical Insurance Benefits for the Aged and Disabled]), regardless of the code billed for a diagnosis as a result of a test, or for the removal of tissue or other procedure furnished in connection with, as a result of, and in the same clinical encounter as the screening test.
H.R. 1220 was introduced to the House on March 3, 2015, where it remains.
We need your help!
These legislative measures would remove barriers and, thereby, increase access to colon cancer screening. We need your help! We hope you’ll consider reaching out to your Representatives to share your story and ask them to support these measures!