The following legislation currently affects the colon cancer community. Check out where we stand on key issues.
We advocate increasing funding for colon cancer prevention programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to $55 million for fiscal year 2015. The CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program funds screening and education programs in 25 states and four tribal nations, and is hugely important to increasing colon cancer awareness and getting people screened.
- Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act
Introduced in March 2013, this bill seeks to reverse the loophole in the current law that requires Medicare patients to pay a coinsurance when a polyp is detected and removed during a colonoscopy.
- The Colorectal Cancer Prevention, Early Detection, and Treatment Act (H.R. 912)/(S.494)
Introduced in March 2011, H.R. 912/S. 494 establishes a national screening and treatment program to fight colon cancer and raise awareness about the disease.
- Patient Centered Quality Care for Life Act (H.R. 1666)
Introduced in April 2013, this bill seeks to de-fragment patient care by treating pain and chronic disease symptoms. The goal is to increase patient satisfaction and quality of life while reducing unnecessary healthcare costs through palliative care.
- Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (S. 641 & H.R. 1339)
Introduced in March 2013, this bill promotes education in palliative care and hospice for the purpose of increasing quality of care for those with serious and chronic illnesses.
We advocate for colon cancer to continue to be eligible for research funding under the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program. Colon cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer among military personnel.
Funding for cancer research should be a top priority for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In the past two decades, the percentage of NIH funding devoted to cancer research has declined, even as the need for these funds has increased. Congress must renew their commitment to funding cancer research.
- The FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) includes key drug shortage legislation, the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) and the Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA).
- The Affordable Care Act (ACA) puts in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that will roll out over the next four years. Learn more: