from left: Joe Arite (C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition), Fran Campion (Colon Cancer Alliance), Andrew Porter (Men’s Health Network), Dr. Ralph T. Guild, M.D. (American College of Gastroenterologists), Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK), and Peter Blanchard (Constituent and Colorectal Cancer Survivor) and son
C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition was proud to help introduce The Colorectal Cancer Screening and Detection Act of 2007 (HR 3060) on Tuesday. A press conference was held on Capitol Hill.
HR 3060 will provide the same protections to non-Medicare beneficiaries that are already provided to Medicare beneficiaries.
Congressman Boren lost his mother to colon cancer nine years ago, and personally understands the need for early detection of the disease.
“Cancer unfortunately has affected millions of lives across the United States,” Boren said. “Coverage is required for many other equally important preventative cancer screenings across the nation. With early detection leading to a 90 percent survival rate, a simple and proven procedure could save the lives of so many (of our) loved ones,” Boren said.
Studies have shown that doctors many times do not refer their patients for tests if those tests are not covered by insurance.
“Americans deserve these life saving medical benefits and should be able to count on these protections,” Boren said.
Currently, 22 states, including Texas and the District of Columbia, require coverage. Oklahoma does not currently require coverage of these cancer screenings.
Congressman Ralph Hall (R-TX) has joined Congressman Boren in his fight.
Joe Arite, Policy and Grassroots Manager for C3