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Close the loophole resulting in big colonoscopy bills for Medicare patients

Under Medicare, there should be no co-pay for a colonoscopy. But, if the doctor removes a polyp - which is the point of the colonoscopy - you can wake up to a $300 bill. Tell Congress to end the loophole that allows this surprise charge.

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April 13, 2017
National

A rule change intended to help stabilize insurance markets created by the Affordable Care Act, restricts patients’ access to special enrollment periods, reduces the number of Essential Community Providers and lessens the actuarial value of some insurance plans sold in the marketplace—leaving patients vulnerable to higher out-of-pocket costs

April 11, 2017
National

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network today released its first report examining the costs of treating cancer, and specifically patients’ out-of-pocket expenses. The report found U.S. cancer patients paid nearly $4 billion in out-of-pocket costs in 2014 and the disease cost the country $87.8 billion in cancer-related health spending.

March 27, 2017

Four leading public health groups today urged the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to recuse any lawyers who previously represented tobacco companies from any tobacco-related litigation while serving in the government.

Cancer Candor Blog

Investment in research has led to advances in detection and treatment of cancer that are leading to earlier and more accurate diagnoses and more targeted treatments. Guest Blogger Joydeep Goswami explores these advances and stresses the importance of broad access to the latest diagnostic tools and resulting treatments.

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We advocate for legislation as a catalyst to fight cancer.

70% decrease

in the high school cigarette smoking rate since 1997

23% 

decline in cancer death rates from 1991-2012 

18 million 

people benefited from expanded access to health insurance