New Bill Would Boost Colon Cancer Screening for Medicare

by User Not Found | Aug 01, 2014
New legislation has been introduced that would remove cost barriers to colon cancer screening for Medicare patients.

New legislation has been introduced that would remove cost barriers to colon cancer screening for Medicare patients.

Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) have crafted the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act (HR 1070 and S 2348) to offer Medicare beneficiaries the same benefits as those with private insurance, who are not typically required to pay a co-pay for a routine colonoscopy if a polyp is removed during the procedure. Currently, a colonoscopy screening is classified as a routine procedure for seniors on Medicare. However, if a physician detects a polyp during the procedure and removes it, the procedure is immediately classified as “therapeutic,” which could result in unexpected charges for the patient.

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