U.S. House of Representatives Passes Colorectal Cancer Bill

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Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) is extending gratitude to the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act and to supporting lawmakers for championing this critical cause.

Reps. Donald Payne Jr., Rodney Davis, A. Donald McEachin, and David B. McKinley, P.E. introduced the bill. Fight CRC advocates are taking action today and urging Congress to push it over the finish line and pass it.

“Advocacy works! Our community has been pushing for this legislation for a long time and it has paid off. The Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act passed the House today after our advocates helped secure over 400 cosponsors for the House and Senate bills. And we won’t stop until it is signed into law,” said Molly McDonnell, Fight CRC’s Director of Advocacy. 

Many Fight CRC advocates are familiar with this bill, which seeks to remove a loophole in Medicare policy. The loophole results in an unexpected co-pay for patients who have polyps removed during a screening colonoscopy, which is fully covered. Most patients are unconscious during the procedure, which means they are waking up to a bill they weren’t expecting. This can be a significant barrier for many seniors, causing  some of the most at-risk patients to defer potentially life-saving colorectal cancer screening.

“In a year like 2020, where the pandemic has presented even more barriers to getting screened, we are finding great cause to celebrate, and are thankful for our congressional champions’ continued leadership,” said Anjee Davis, President of Fight CRC. “We are hopeful that this will be the year the bill reaches the President’s desk, and we will not stop pushing until it’s done.”

To Take action with Fight CRC, go to FightCRC.org/MedicareLoophole.

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