Colorectal Cancer

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The science is clear. If Americans received regular screenings for colorectal cancer, thousands of deaths could be prevented each year. But, for too many Americans, the screenings either aren't fully covered by their health insurance or aren’t affordable due to high out-of-pocket costs. 

The 80% by 2018 campaign strives to pass state and federal laws that remove the barriers preventing people from getting colonoscopies and other lifesaving colorectal cancer screenings. 

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. for men and women combined.

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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.

Latest Updates

March 16, 2017
Hawaii

Cancer survivors, caregivers and health professionals will ask their legislators to put patients and prevention first as the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Hawaii-Pacific holds its annual Day at the Capitol.

March 9, 2017
Nebraska

ACS CAN volunteers will meet with their senators Tuesday, March 14, for the annual Day at the Capitol and will discuss three bills crucial to the health of Nebraska.

March 1, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C – March 1, 2017 – Bipartisan legislation recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate would help eliminate cost as a barrier for seniors on Medicare trying to access lifesaving colorectal cancer screenings. The “Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act” (H.R. 1017 and S. 479)

March 1, 2017

Earlier today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown introduced legislation to finally close the colonoscopy loophole in Medicaid. Similar legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Charlie Dent last month. Under Medicare, there should be no co-pay cost-sharing for a screening colonoscopy. However, if a polyp is found

Colorectal Cancer Resources

This factsheet discusses the value of screening and how it saves lives. Unfortunately, seniors on Medicare currently are responsible for a 20% coinsurance if a polyp is detected and removed during a screening colonoscopy.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women, the second leading cause of death in men, and the third leading cause of death in women in the United States.

This factsheet summarizes results from an ACS CAN and NCCRT study estimating the number of men and women who could remain uninsured and in need of colorectal cancer screening (CRC) services.