Today, colorectal cancer (CRC) screening for those ages 50–75 years received an “A” grade in final recommendations by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).
Based on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), federal law would now require private insurers to fully cover (with no co-pay) all of these USPSTF-recognized CRC screening exams — including CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy). The College is urging Medicare — which is not bound to provide coverage under the ACA — to cover CT colonography. Those discussions will play out over the coming weeks and months.
The ACR will continue to keep members informed regarding this very important issue. This is a tremendous victory for patients and the ACR — which has devoted significant resources to help make this happen.
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