Legislative Report Card
The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) has teamed up with a coalition of cancer prevention and medical organizations, including the EIF’S National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance, the American Cancer Society, American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and others, to issue an annual colorectal cancer report card that provides consumers with a quick snapshot of whether their states require insurers to cover the cost of screening.
When the Report Card Initiative began in 2004, 18 states had passed screening legislation. As of 2012, 30 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation. Recent data from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) attributed increasing colorectal cancer screening rates in part to state laws requiring private insurers to cover screenings.
The federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) will require insurance to cover colorectal screening tests for men and women between the ages of 50 and 75, but if you are younger than 50 and live in a D or an F state, your insurance company may require a significant co-pay for colorectal cancer screening tests, or provide no coverage at all.
Live in a state that doesn't make the grade? Write to your legislator and encourage the passage of a life-saving law. You can download the tool kit and get involved. Inside the tool kit you’ll find:
- 2012 Colorectal Cancer Legislation Report Card
- Draft letter to F state legislators if your state doesn’t make the grade.
- Draft letter to newspaper and magazine editors to raise awareness of your state’s shortfall in colorectal cancer legislation
- Web banners announcing the 2012 report card
- Federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) Q&A – Am I Covered?
Read the 2012 press release.