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Colonoscopy – the ONLY way to screen.

123 Street Address,
City ABC 12345

Dear Legislator,

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in America. At an average of a quarter of a million dollars per case, this represents a substantial drain on health care cost. The National Polyp Study published in the 1990’s projected an 80% drop in colon cancer with high quality screening colonoscopy. At an average of $2,000 per colonoscopy, getting screened was financially out of reach for most Americans.

The Affordable Care Act required insurers to pay for screening services with zero out of pocket expense. This has been a tremendous boon for colonoscopy screening. Far too many insurers are trying to deny payment for what are legitimate screening services. For example, if a polyp is found (which is the intended purpose of the test), some insurers claim that it becomes a diagnostic procedure rather than a screening procedure and refuse to pay the claim.

African Americans are far higher risk and the professional entities (The American College of Gastroenterology and The American Cancer Society) recommend screening begin at age 45, but the insurers fail to recognize these higher-risk populations.

There have been concerted efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. We believe that the maintenance of insurance coverage for screening remains a valuable asset for all Americans. We will face a landslide of cancer victims if we no longer cover screening colonoscopy for every insured American.

As our representative, we are asking you introduce and support a bill to cover all Americans age 45 and up for screening colonoscopy.

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