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Colon Cancer Survivors Flock to Capitol Hill to Protest Medicare Colonoscopy Cost-Sharing Policy

Written by Carrie Pallardy | July 17, 2014

Yesterday, more than 30 colorectal cancer advocates and survivors met on Capitol Hill to argue against the Medicare policy that requires beneficiaries to shoulder a co-pay for a screening colonoscopy that includes polyp removal, according to a report by The Hill.

The American Cancer Society played a key role in organizing the group. The advocacy group is pushing for legislation backed by Representative Charlie Dent (R-PA) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) that would eliminate the cost-sharing policy.

 Unlike Medicare, polypectomy does not generally put co-pays into play for screening colonoscopies under private health insurance.

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