Advocacy Update – September 2015

Advocate Spotlight: Dr. Roy Duhé Dr. Duhé is a professor at the University of Mississippi Cancer Institute and is this month’s Advocate Spotlight! August Recess Challenge: The Results Advocates across the country made their voices heard during the congressional recess. Find out how many times…

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Happy Anniversary Medicare & Medicaid

Programs such as Medicare and Medicaid are an essential part of American society. But it wasn’t always that way. Fifty years ago today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) were established and through the course of time these programs have contributed to the health…

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Advocate Spotlight: Kristin Keesen

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: advocacy isn’t for the faint of heart! Persistence is a key theme for many of our advocates. Kristin Keesen, stage III survivor and Grassroots Action Committee (GAC) member’s efforts recently paid off after years of advocating….

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Medicare Now Covers Stool DNA Screening Test Cologuard

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Cologuard is now covered for Medicare patients based on a CMS National Coverage Decision. This is exciting news as most people who are already enrolled in Medicare will not face co-pays or co-insurance…

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FDA approves first non-invasive DNA test for colorectal cancer

Big news in the colorectal cancer prevention and screening community yesterday! In a never-before-seen move, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) jointly proposed Cologuard as a new option for colorectal cancer screening. What is Cologuard? Cologuard, produced…

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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…

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Why Do Drugs Cost So Much?

by Chris Adams A response to A Tale of Two Drugs, an article by Barry Werth published in the MIT Technology Review Oct. 2013 Drug prices. Why are they so high? In a recent article for the MIT Technology Review, Barry Werth considers the pricing…

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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…

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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….

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Too Many Colonoscopies in Over-75s?

A study published in the March 11 JAMA-Internal Medicine suggests that 23 percent of over-75-year-olds have colonoscopies that may be “potentially inappropriate” according to national guidelines which include an upper age limit, as well as how often negative colonoscopies should be repeated. In a retrospective…

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