Last week the House Energy and Commerce Committee attempted to Mark-up the Children’s Health and Medicare Protection Act of 2007 (CHAMP).
The CHAMP Act reauthorizes the existing Children’s Health Insurance Program. This program, created in 1997, has cut the low-income uninsured rate by one-third.
The CHAMP Act also affects the colorectal cancer community by clarifying a provision currently covered under Medicare Part A. This provision would waive the deductible for colorectal cancer screening tests regardless of coding, subsequent diagnosis, or ancillary tissue removal.
Because of inter-committee squabbles the Mark-up was adjourned and the bill was sent to the floor with no amendments attached to be voted on by the entire House this week.
President Bush has threatened to veto the legislation in its current form.