Catalyst in New Jersey

2022-2023 Catalyst Grantee

In February 2023, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a bill that required health insurers to cover colorectal cancer screenings recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and eliminate cost-sharing for required follow-up colonoscopies after an abnormal non-invasive screening test with the goal of improving screening rates across New Jersey.  

Fight CRC’s own, Theresa Maschke, and her husband Joe, a stage III colorectal cancer survivor testified before the New Jersey Assembly and Senate in support of the bill, helping it over the finish line!  

Colorectal Cancer Screening in New Jersey

*Overall Percentage of Adults Who Are Up to Date with Colorectal Cancer Screening

New Jersey Grantees 

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) New Jersey unites and empowers cancer survivors, caregivers and volunteers across the Garden State to advocate for legislation and funding to fight cancer. They take action through legislative visits, community events, correspondence and media outreach - join us and make your voice heard. 

New Jersey Colorectal Cancer Screening Coverage

New Jersey state law requires health insurance coverage of colorectal cancer screenings recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) which includes high-sensitivity guaiac fecal occult blood test (gFOBT), fecal immunochemical test (FIT), stool DNA test (such as Cologuard), colonoscopy, CT colonography, and flexible sigmoidoscopy, and eliminates cost-sharing requirements for colonoscopies performed following an abnormal non-colonoscopy colorectal cancer screening test.   

Health insurance carriers (including the State Health Benefits Program or School Employees’ Health Benefits Program, and the Medicaid Program) will be required to cover a colorectal cancer screening recommended by the USPSTF and cover colonoscopies without cost sharing following an abnormal result on a non-invasive screening test. 

New Jersey is the 27th deadliest state for colorectal cancer in the U.S.

Relentless Champions in New Jersey

Jade Bechelli 

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

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