In 2010, CRC treatment cost Medicare more than $9 billion and cost a total of more than $14 billion. In addition to saving lives, this legislation could easily save the health care system thousands of dollars by decreasing CRC treatment expenses.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act already requires private insurance companies to cover colonoscopies as preventive care. ASCA urges Medicare to provide the same benefit.
Participate in National Advocacy Day events in June and September this year. For more information, write Danielle Kaster.
For more information on CRC screening and the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act, write Jeff Evans.