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What’s Preventing Prevention? – A Recap from the Alliance for Health Reform/AARP Hill briefing

What’s Preventing Prevention? – A Recap from the Alliance for Health Reform/AARP Hill briefing

by Margaret Carvin, Fight Colorectal Cancer Policy Strategist Colorectal Cancer prevention and screening was discussed extensively at a senate lunch briefing last week by several panelists. CDC’s CRCCP Program Explained Judy Monroe, from Centers for Disease Control, discussed the Colorectal Cancer Control Program. She explained that this program covers 25 states and 4 Indian tribes. Two-thirds of the money of this program goes to “evidence-based screening” which includes outreach through media, provider reminders, etc. The other third of the money is designated for outreach to underserved populations. She discussed the great successes that have occurred from appropriate screenings and the goal to reach 80 percent of those eligible for screening colonoscopies by 2018. AARP Endorses H.R. 1070!

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Seniors and the Screening Loophole

“But doctor, I thought screening for colorectal cancer was covered by Medicare!?” Our seniors are facing policy loophole that lands them with an unexpected bill. In a recent report, Colonoscopy Screening After the Affordable Care Act: Cost Barriers Persist for Medicare Beneficiaries on the colonoscopy copay issue by AARP, there continues to be a debate about what portion of a preventative service a patient should be responsible for. For our seniors, prior to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare beneficiaries typically incurred some level of cost sharing for health care services they received. For example, they were responsible for Part B premiums, Part B Deductibles, and a 20 percent coinsurance

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