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New law allows for earlier colorectal cancer screenings

INDIANAPOLIS, Jun 15, 2020 — Hundreds of Hoosier lives could be saved every year because insurance and health plans are now required to screen for one of the deadliest forms of cancer at a younger age. Article link

Feldman: Health-related hits and misses of the Indiana legislative session

SOUTH BEND, Apr 25, 2020 — This was billed as the health-focused Indiana legislative session with emphasis on increasing health-system transparency and reducing medical-care costs. There were health-related legislative advancements along with missed opportunities. Article link

Killed bills: 9 measures Colorado lawmakers won’t vote on this year because of COVID-19

DENVER, June 1, 2020 — Rep. Jonathan Singer, a Longmont Democrat, said the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee alone killed more bills in two hours than probably in the last two years combined. Article link

Focusing in on Colorectal Cancer: Is 45 the New 50?

DENVER, March 26, 2020 — Awareness advocates, bill in state Legislature say: Yes it is. A pandemic stole Alba Wilson-Axpe’s chance at the podium recently. But when the Colorado Legislature re-opens its doors to the public, odds are high the 14-year-old will be back to testify. Article link

Utility, public safety and cancer bills head to the governor

INDIANAPOLIS, March 4, 2020 — The Indiana General Assembly has moved into the final days of the 2020 legislative session, which means finalizing bills before being sent to Gov. Eric Holcomb for his signature. Article link

Health insurance bills take incremental steps toward better coverage

Colorado Springs, February 27, 2020 — When it comes to health care in Colorado, two controversial proposals from Democratic lawmakers have hogged a great deal of the spotlight. One critical priority: A new, government-run public option for individual insurance. A bill to implement such an option hasn’t been introduced yet, though the state released a report with recommendations in November. Article link

Driving, public defender and cancer bills advance in legislature

INDIANAPOLIS, February 12, 2020 — Legislation covering specialized driving privileges, indigent criminal defendants and colorectal cancer screenings advanced in the Indiana General Assembly Wednesday as lawmakers begin the second half of the session. Article link

Distracted driving, insulin and cancer screening bills advance

INDIANAPOLIS, February 18, 2020 — Distracted driving, cancer screening and insulin bills were among those that advanced in the General Assembly Tuesday as 2020 session moves closer to a mid-March finish. Article link

Breakfast With Legislators Well Attended Friday Morning

BEDFORD, February 29, 2020 — House Bill 1080 will require insurance companies to pay for colonoscopies at the age of 45. This law will mandate coverage for colorectal cancer testing under accident and sickness insurance policies, health maintenance organization contracts and state employee health plans to change the minimum age at which coverage must be provided from 50 years of age to 45 years of age. Article link

Tackling colorectal cancer requires changing law and mindsets

PUEBLO, February 12, 2020 — Let’s talk about cancer. In fact, let’s make it really awkward and talk about colorectal cancer. Let’s assume you’d rather not have it and imagine most people over 50 had the power to make sure they don’t get it. And, yet around five out of 10 Coloradans in their 50s who are eligible for preventive screening don’t bother. Well, it’s an old man’s disease, so why should they? Article link