Advocacy groups urge Congress to pass CT colonography bill

Major colorectal cancer care advocacy groups and medical societies are urging Congress to pass the CT Colonography Screening for Colorectal Cancer Act (HR 1298).

The bill, introduced by Reps. Danny Davis (D-IL) and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), would provide Medicare coverage for screening CT colonography (CTC). Under the Affordable Care Act, private insurers cover CTC with no copay. However, Medicare refuses to cover CTC, even though it is recommended by the American Cancer Society, the groups said.

"Medicare CT colonography coverage can jump-start screening by offering access to a less-invasive option that millions of screening age who choose not to be tested find more appealing," said Michael Sapienza, president and CEO of the Colon Cancer Alliance.

Other groups that support the bill are the Colon Cancer Coalition, the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and the American College of Radiology (ACR) Colon Cancer Committee.

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