This week, ACG members Jordan Karlitz, MD, FACG and March Seabrook, MD, FACG joined Fight Colorectal Cancer, a patient advocacy organization, to raise awareness for colorectal cancer screening and National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Thank you Drs. Karlitz and Seabrook for coming to DC! Thank you Fight Colorectal Cancer for organizing this incredibly successful event!
Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the “Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act.” The bill fixes a Medicare coverage quirk contained in the ACA by waiving Medicare beneficiary cost-sharing when screening colonoscopies turn therapeutic. Right now, Medicare only has the authority to waive the patient coinsurance for colonoscopies that remain a “screening.” Last week, Reps. Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ), and Charles Dent (R-PA) introduced the same bill in the House. Please urge your Representative to cosponsor the bill!