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How the Affordable Care Act Affects Colorectal Cancer

How the Affordable Care Act Affects Colorectal Cancer

As a colorectal cancer survivor, advocate, caregiver, or family member, it is important that you understand how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will affect access to screening. The ACA extends not only to the health insurance industry, but also to prevention and wellness programs throughout the country. Both the expansion of health coverage and the funding of prevention programs have potential to affect significantly the screening and treatment of colorectal cancer. At Fight Colorectal Cancer, we believe that colorectal cancer is a national priority, and screening access should reflect that. Expanded Coverage Currently, lack of health insurance among the adult population is a key reason that just over half of

ACA Mandates Insurance Coverage for Clinical Trials

By January 1, all insurers will be required to cover routine care for patients enrolled in clinical trials. (Typically any experimental care is provided at no cost to the patient.) “This should be seen as a step forward for the U.S. oncology community,” wrote Dr. Y-Ning Wong in the ASCO Daily News from the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s meeting in Chicago. “However, patients and providers must remain vigilant about the law’s implementation.” Currently there is a patchwork of state laws; as of January  2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) creates a federally required minimum that all private insurers must cover at least the usual care when patients enroll in a

Detailing Inconsistencies On Who Has to Pay for Their Polyps

The Kaiser Family Foundation, working with the American Cancer Society and the National Colorectal Cancer Round Table, today released results of its investigation into the problem of patients being billed unexpectedly for costs of colonoscopies initiated at routine screening tests. Fight Colorectal Cancer was one of the organizations that contributed to the report. One way the new federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) aims to reduce medical spending is to improve cost-effective screening that prevents or detects diseases before they become complicated and expensive to treat. But consumer complaints reveal that, for screening colonoscopies in particular, consumers are getting unexpected bills when insurers decide their colonoscopies were no longer “screening” procedures. Instead

New Bill in Congress Aims to Save Seniors’ Lives

Legislation was introduced in Congress today that will correct an oversight to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires Medicare beneficiaries to pay coinsurance when their screening colonoscopy also involves the removal of a polyp or cancer. When a screening colonoscopy turns therapeutic, the cost to the Medicare patient is significant – $100 to $300 – and it could serve as a deterrent to screening. The legislation, Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2012 (H.R. 4120), was introduced by Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania.

Appeals Court Rules Health Care Law is Constitutional

Earlier today, a federal appeals court in Ohio held that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. Specifically, in a 2-1 ruling, the Sixth Circuit held the “individual mandate” does not exceed Congress’s powers under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. The individual mandate is the provision in the new health reform law requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance by 2014 or face a monetary penalty. In a 64-page opinion, the court held “that the minimum coverage provision is a valid exercise of legislative power by Congress under the Commerce Clause.” Read the court’s decision. Judge Jeffrey Sutton is the first Republican-nominated judge to rule in favor of upholding the

GAO Announces Members of the Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Today, Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), announced the appointment of the following 15 individuals to the Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).