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Survey: Only one state mandates health insurance coverage or colon cancer screeningsPosted On Thu, March 11, 2010
A recent survey by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network has found that only one state currently has legislation in place that requires a health insurance company to cover a colon cancer screening procedure.
In the organization's 2010 Colorectal Cancer Legislation Report Card, which grades every state on their attempts to mandate insurance coverage for the potentially life-saving exam, it was found that new legislation passed in Vermont in 2009 made it the only state to require coverage for colorectal exams.
The Vermont legislation also caps the out-of-pocket costs for the consumer at $100, making it affordable to any who may need it.
"The facts are pure and simple: in states with laws mandating coverage of colon cancer screening, more people get screened, and that - in turn - saves lives. We cannot afford for the states without legislation to take a wait and see attitude," said Dr. John R. Seffrin, CEO of ACS CAN, which is an advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society. "Gridlock in our nation's capital should not mean that citizens in states like Florida, Arizona and Ohio - and the 15 others with an "F" on the Report Card - can't get the cost of this potentially life-saving test covered."
He added that 22 other states had not made coverage completely mandatory, but had under accepted medical guidelines. Eighteen states currently have no mandate of coverage.
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