March 19, 2013
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, during which organizations and individuals around the country come together to raise awareness that colorectal cancer is preventable, beatable and treatable. Please join this national awareness effort tomorrow Wednesday, March 20, when Prevent Cancer Foundation and our partners Fight Colorectal Cancer, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, the American Gastroenterological Association, Colon Cancer Alliance and the American College of Gastroenterology will come together on a national advocacy event in support of removing barriers to colorectal cancer screening in Medicare.
Join members of the Prevent Cancer community by calling 1-866-615-3375 and asking your Member of Congress to support legislation that will eliminate co-payments for screening colonoscopies when polyps are found. This legislation, HR 1070, was introduced last week by Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), along with Reps. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ), and is called the “Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act.” Passage of this legislation is essential, to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries who have screening colonoscopies, which are fully covered by Medicare, are not subject to unexpected costs. Members of Congress want to hear from you, to let them know that this bill is important to you and your loved ones.
When you call 1-866-615-3375 you will be given very specific instructions on the phone about what to do. Help us build support for this legislation, and other important bills, by participating in this event and by joining our Advocacy Action Center.
We hope that you will be part of this effort and make your voices heard.