ACA bumps up CRC screening rates: 4 key points

A recent study conducted by University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has found the Affordable Care Act has resulted in an increased number of colorectal cancer screenings for the male Medicare population, according to a La Crosse Tribune report.

Here are four key points on the study.

1. The study found CRC screening rates for men ages 66 to 75 on Medicare increased by more than 20 percent after the ACA lowered the out-of-pocket colonoscopy costs for the Medicare population.

2. Overall, the ACA has played a role in increasing annual, male CRC screening rates by 4 percent.

3. The study authors did not find a significant increase in CRC screening rates for women.

4.  The study was conducted by UW-La Crosse assistant professor of economics Mary Hamman and RAND Corp. economist Kandice Kapinos.

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