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PRESS RELEASE: July 16 Stakeholder Meeting with ACSCAN

Advocates Join Reps. Payne Jr., Dent, Lance Calling for Legislation to Remove Cost Barriers to Colon Cancer Screening for Seniors WASHINGTON, DC – More than 30 colon and rectal cancer advocates and survivors are on Capitol Hill today calling for members of Congress to support legislation to ensure that cost is not a barrier for Medicare beneficiaries trying to access lifesaving colon cancer screenings. They are joined by U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ), Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) and Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) – champions for increased access to colon cancer screenings.   The ‘Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act,’ (H.R. 1070 & S. 2348) sponsored by U.S. Rep.

July 16 Stakeholder Meeting and Lobby Day in D.C.

HELP US REACH THE NATIONAL SCREENING GOAL OF 80% OF AMERICANS 50 & OLDER SCREENED BY 2018! On July 16, the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network and Fight Colorectal Cancer are co-hosting a stakeholder meeting and lobby day to push forward with this goal. This is the first opportunity for key colorectal cancer organizations and supporters to join together and bring their staff, volunteers and members to Washington, D.C. to meet with Congress to advocate for federal policies that will help us achieve our goal of 80% by 2018. Joined by Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. and other lawmakers dedicated to the mission, a morning meeting will focus on discussing the

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Fight Colorectal Cancer Thanks Bipartisan Leaders for Requesting a Fix from the White House on a Medicare Error Impacting Colorectal Cancer Screening

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Key congressional committee members send letter to White House pointing out contradictions in Medicare law, asking for the removal of a “counterproductive, inconsistent and unfair” policy involving cost-sharing for colonoscopy.  Alexandria, Va. – May 30, 2014 – Fight Colorectal Cancer is pleased to hear that President Obama received a letter today signed by several House and Senate members asking for a critical fix to Medicare law that could potentially save lives and prevent colorectal cancer. The bipartisan letter signed by several members of key congressional committees requested that the White House step in and remove the cost-sharing component to colonoscopy screening impacting Medicare patients – the issue addressed

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Fight Colorectal Cancer Applauds Sen. Brown for Introduction of “Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening” Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Alexandria, Va. – May 12, 2014 – Fight Colorectal Cancer applauds Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for introducing a Senate bill seeking to remove a barrier preventing seniors from being screening for colorectal cancer. “Removing Barriers to Colorectal Screening Act” –a bill similar to the House legislation introduced by Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) in 2013. Both bills seek to eliminate the copay charged to those on Medicare when a polyp is found during their screening colonoscopy.   “Thanks to Sen. Brown, we now have an important piece of legislation in the Senate that can remove one of the major barriers to screening among a population that needs screened

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Advocacy Update – May 2014

Advocates, It’s hard to believe that we’re already five months into 2014! As we gear up for summer, things in advocacy are heating up.  In this update, you’ll find out what Fight CRC has been up to on the Hill and what your fellow advocates have been doing at home. For real time updates, be sure to join the advocates at Fight CRC Facebook group! Meet the New Grassroots Action Committee (GAC) This month, we said “see you later!” to a few of our GAC members who reached the end of their terms (read the blog post here). Although we hate to see them retire, we are so excited to have

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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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Remembering Tonya

I remember the first time I saw Tonya. I immediately knew I liked her. Reading over her application to be a Colondar model, I had no doubt she embodied a survivor everyone would look up to. Pictures didn’t do her justice. Yes, her beauty hopped off the page. But it was her strong spirit and insistence on being positive that could only come across in person. It was at her 2014 Colondar photo shoot that I didn’t only realize she made an incredible model – I realized she was also an ideal advocate. “We have got to DO SOMETHING about this!” she kept saying. “I tell people that you become

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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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HR 1070: Passing a bill is not for the faint of heart

The current political climate on the Hill requires persistence if we want to make change. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) seeks to improve access to colorectal cancer screening by waiving coinsurance*, copays, and deductibles for many colorectal cancer screening tests. Screening tests include colonoscopies, sigmoidoscopies and fecal occult blood tests (FOBT). This sounds simple in theory, but implementation is proving more challenging than expected. Take a few minutes today to read through why changing policy takes time, and the importance of your representatives’ support when it comes to laws that directly impact costs associated with colon and rectal cancer screening. Changing Policy Takes Persistence Fight Colorectal Cancer is actively working

What’s Happening on Capitol Hill? May 2013 Update

Dear Advocates, Your efforts are making an impact. Every time you exercise your right as a US citizen to communicate with Congress, you are changing the landscape for colorectal cancer patients. We applaud you for your passion and advocacy. Has Your Representative Cosponsored H.R. 1070? ACTION REQUESTED Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) introduced on March 15 the “Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act,” (H.R. 1070).The bill would waive Medicare beneficiary coinsurance for colorectal cancer screening colonoscopy when a polyp is removed.  As of May 16, the bill had 28 cosponsors. To find out if your representative has cosponsored H.R. 1070 go to www.thomas.gov and search by bill number.  If your

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