In March of 2013, the HR 1070: Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act was presented to the congressional committee. Under Medicare part B (Supplementary Medical Insurance Benefits for the Aged and Disabled), the screening cost is covered if patients do not show any signs of colorectal cancer. However, if they did show any signs, and polyps had to be removed during the screening, they were charged additional coinsurance. The bill (HR 1070) was created to waive the additional coinsurance cost, which results in the entire cost the Colorectal Cancer Screening being covered by Medicare whether polyps are discovered, and subsequently removed, or not.
Currently, selected groups of US Representatives are asking individuals who support the Act to send a letter to their member of Congress requesting them to sign the letter in support of HR 1070. To send a letter directly to your member of Congress, visit the ASCA website: http://www.ascassociation.org/crchr1070dearcolleague.
To learn more about HR 1070, click on the following link: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1070#overview.