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You may have heard that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just clarified the Affordable Care Act’s policy on preventative care coverage regarding anesthesia services. The HHS made it clear that insurance companies can’t make you pay for anesthesia services related to preventive colonoscopies if the attending provider determines that anesthesia would be medically appropriate for the patient.

So, what does this mean?

If you go in for your routine colonoscopy and your doctor decides you need anesthesia, you don’t have to pay out of pocket for the anesthesia when it’s clear that it is the right option for you—it’s covered as a part of your preventative screening. This is great news!

We know that screening saves lives and we’re excited that another barrier is broken down; you shouldn’t have to worry about the cost of services like anesthesia during a colonoscopy. Policies like this get us one step closer to knocking colon cancer out!

Still have questions? Take a look at the Affordable Care Act FAQs

Don’t forget, the Colon Cancer Alliance serves as a source of information about colon health. If you have additional questions about colon cancer screening or are in need of support, please contact our free Helpline at (877) 422-2030. We’re here to help.


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