Update on CA Bill Seeking to Waive Patient Cost-Sharing for Therapeutic and Diagnostic Screening Colonoscopy

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    Northern California Stollman HeadshotOn Wednesday, June 22nd, the California Senate Health Committee held a hearing for the recently introduced legislation, “Health Care Coverage: Colorectal Cancer Screening and Testing (AB 1763).”  This bill, introduced by CA State Assemblyman Mike A. Gipson, has been endorsed by ACG as it shares the College’s goals of removing the financial and structural barriers associated with lifesaving colorectal cancer screenings throughout the screening continuum.  ACG expressed our appreciation to State Senator and Chair of the Senate Health Committee, Ed Hernandez, for holding this hearing.  We also highlighted those organizations located in his district that are committed to the public awareness campaign of getting 80% of eligible Americans screened by 2018.  We will continue to keep our members up-to-date on the bill’s status, along with any similar legislation across other states.

    Remember to contact your ACG Governor on important state and local issues impacting you and your practice.

    The ACG Board of Governors is one of the most unique aspects of the American College of Gastroenterology. Governors are ACG Fellows that are elected from the membership of a particular state or region. There are currently 76 Governors across seven different regions in the U.S. and abroad. The Board of Governors acts as a two-way conduit between College leadership and the membership at-large. This helps the College make certain it is meeting the evolving needs of the membership.

    Contact your ACG Governor today.

    This bill is also consistent with the SCREEN Act (S. 1079; HR 2035) at the federal level.  ACG will continue to fight for lowering barriers to screening and reversing recent Medicare cuts to colonoscopy. Please click here to express your support for the SCREEN Act.

    Neil H. Stollman, MD, FACG

    ACG Governor for Northern California

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