ACG Urges Congress to Support CRC Screening Legislation

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    Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACG Chair, ACG National Affairs

    Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACG
    Chair, ACG National Affairs

    Each year, hundreds of public and private health organizations come together with one common goal of educating the nation about the importance of colorectal cancer screening. ACG urged Congress to join this shared commitment.

    ACG urges Congress to support legislation to improve colorectal cancer screening rates among Medicare beneficiaries, including:

    1. The Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act (S. 624/HR 1220)
    2. The SCREEN Act (S.1079/HR 2035)

    The SCREEN Act removes financial barriers throughout the “screening continuum,” so that cost-sharing would not apply, whether the colonoscopy was a preventive test, or as the result of a positive finding on another screening modality. The SCREEN Act also reverses recent cuts to colonoscopy in Medicare. Please click here to convey your support for the SCREEN Act.

    How Can ACG Help Educate Your Patients?

    Check out the ACG’s Colorectal Cancer Awareness resource site. You can find key statistics and data points on colorectal cancer screening to better educate patients. ACG also offers patient-friendly educational links for other GI diseases.

    Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACG

    Chair, National Affairs Committee

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