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Sending Office: Honorable Donald M. Payne, Jr.
Sent By:
Steven.Schultz@mail.house.gov

 

Request for Cosponsor(s)

SCREENING SAVES LIVES: HELP PREVENT COLORECTAL CANCER

 

Cosponsor H.R. 1570: The Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act

 

Cosponsors (274): Rodney Davis*, McEachin*, McKinley*, Adams, Aguilar, Allred,
Amodei, Axne, Babin, Bacon, Barragan, Bass, Beatty, Bera,
Bergman, Bishop, Blumenauer, Blunt-Rochester, Bonamici, Bost, Boyle, Brindisi, Brown, Brownley,
Buchanan, Bustos, Butterfield, Byrne, Carson, Casten, Chabot, Chu, Cicilline, Cisneros, Clark, Clarke, Clay, Cleaver, Clyburn,
Cole, Coleman, Collins, Connolly, Cook, Courtney, TJ Cox, Craig,
Crawford, Crist, Crow, Danny Davis, DeFazio, DeGette DeLauro, DelBene, Delgado,
DesJarlais, Demings, DeSaulnier, Deutch, Dingell, Doyle, Jeff Duncan,
Dunn, Emmer, Engel, Espaillat, Evans, Finkenauer, Fitzpatrick,
Fleischman, Fletcher, Flores, Foster, Frankel, Fudge, Gabbard,
Gaetz
, Gallagher, Gallego, Garamendi, Chuy Garcia, Gianforte,
Gibbs, Gooden, Gomez, Anthony Gonzalez, Vicente Gonzalez,
Gonzalez-Colon, Gottheimer, Al Green, Grijalva, Grothman, Guest,
Hagedorn, Harder, Harris, Hastings, Hayes, Heck, Herrera Beutler,
Hice, Higgins, Katie Hill, French Hill, Himes, Hollingsworth, Horn, Horsford, Houlahan, Huffman,
Hunter, Hurd, Lawson, Jackson Lee, Jayapal, Jeffries, Bill Johnson, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Hank Johnson,
Mike Johnson, Joyce, Kaptur, Katko, Keating, Robin Kelly,
Trent Kelly, Kennedy, Khanna, Kilmer, Kirkpatrick, Kim, Peter King,
Steve King, Kinzinger, Krishnamoorthi, Kuster, Kustoff,
LaHood, Langevin, Rick Larsen, John Larson, Latta, Brenda Lawrence, Al Lawson, Barbara Lee, Susie Lee, Lesko, Andy Levin, Mike Levin, Lipinski, Loebsack, Lofgren,
Billy Long, Loudermilk, Lowenthal, Lucas, Luetkemeyer, Lujan, Lynch, Malinowski, Carolyn Maloney, Sean Patrick Maloney,
Marchant, Mast, Matsui, McCaul, McCollum, McGovern, McNerney,
McMorris Rodgers, Meeks, Meng, Mitchell, Moolenaar,
Mooney
, Moore, Morelle, Moulton, Mucarsel-Powell, Mullin, Nadler, Neguse,
Ralph Norman, Norton, O’Halleran, Omar, Palazzo, Panetta, Pappas, Pascrell, Perlmutter,
Perry, Scott Peters, Pingree, Pocan, Porter, Posey, Pressley, Price, Quigley, Raskin,
Reschenthaler, Kathleen Rice, Tom Rice,  Richmond, Roe,
Mike Rogers, Max Rose, Rouda, Roybal-Allard, Ruiz, Ruppersberger, Rush,
Rutherford
, Ryan, Sarbanes, Scanlon, Schakowsky, Schiff, Schnieder, Austin Scott, Bobby Scott, David Scott, Schrier,
Schweikert, Serrano, Sewell, Sherrill, Sherman, Shimkus, Simpson, Sires, Slotkin, Adam Smith,
Chris Smith, Jason Smith, Speier, Soto, Stauber, Stefanik,
Stivers, Suozzi, Swalwell, Takano, Bennie Thompson, Tipton, Titus, Tonko, Trahan, Trone,
Turner, Underwood, Van Drew, Veasey, Vela, Velazquez, Wagner,
Walberg
, Walorski, Wasserman Schultz, Waters, Welch, Wenstrup,
Westerman, Wild, Frederica Wilson, Joe Wilson, Wittman, Yarmuth,
Don Young, Zeldin

Supporting Organizations (35): AARP, Academy of Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators, AliveAndKickn, Alliance for Aging Research, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American College of Gastroenterology,
American College of Preventive Medicine, American College of Radiology, American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, American Gastroenterological Association, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Association of Oncology Social Work, CancerCare,
Cancer Support Community, Chronic Disease Coalition, Colon Cancer Alliance for Research and Education for Lynch Syndrome, Colon Cancer Coalition, Colorectal Cancer Alliance, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Digestive Disease National Coalition, Fight Colorectal
Cancer, FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, GI Cancers Alliance, Kiel Colon Cancer Foundation, Lutheran Services in America, Lynch Syndrome International, Michael’s Mission, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, National Patient Advocate Foundation,
Prevent Cancer Foundation, Raymond Foundation, The Colon Club, United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc., Washington Colon Cancer Stars

 

 

Dear Colleague:

 

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for men and women combined in the United States. In 2019, more than 145,600 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and approximately 51,000 will die from the disease.

 

Providers have the tools to both prevent colorectal cancer and detect it during early stages, when treatment is most successful. One of the most effective preventive actions for this disease is a screening colonoscopy, which allows for the early detection
and removal of tissue that could become cancerous.

 

Under current law, seniors covered by Medicare are eligible for colorectal cancer screenings without cost sharing. However, if a physician takes a further preventive action – like removing a polyp – during the screening, the procedure is billed as a “treatment”
rather than a “screening,” and the cost is passed on to the patient. Because it is impossible to know in advance if a polyp will be removed during a screening colonoscopy, Medicare beneficiaries do not know whether or not their screening will be fully covered
until the procedure is over.

 

This policy is counter to the spirit of the law and is confusing to providers and patients. The financial barrier that coinsurance creates (approximately $100-300 depending on site of service) may lead to Medicare beneficiaries choosing not to receive this
highly-effective method of colorectal cancer prevention.

 

H.R. 1570 would fix this discrepancy by waiving Medicare’s cost-sharing requirement for preventive screening colonoscopies, even if a polyp or tissue is removed. Medicare-aged individuals account for two-thirds of colorectal cancer diagnoses.
By making this commonsense fix to current law, we can improve health outcomes and save money for seniors and their families.

 

We ask you to join us in cosponsoring this common-sense legislation. For more information or to cosponsor, please contact Steven Schultz in Rep. Payne, Jr.’s office at Steven.Schultz@mail.house.gov, or Jimmy Ballard in Rep. Davis’s office at Jimmy.Ballard@mail.house.gov.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

____________________________                            ____________________________

                                     Donald M. Payne, Jr.                                                    Rodney Davis

Member of Congress                                                   Member of Congress

____________________________                            ____________________________

A. Donald McEachin                                                  David B. McKinley

 Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress

 

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