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Legislature takes action to reduce burden of cancer

Legislature takes action to reduce burden of cancer Legislature takes action to reduce burden of cancer

Elected officials worked to reduce the burden of cancer on Hoosier by passing House Bill 1238, which will eliminate cost sharing for all preventative colorectal cancer screenings, including follow-up colonoscopies after an abnormal stool-based test for most private insurance plans.

“Colorectal cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death in Indiana, and we know that colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer if Hoosiers have access to screenings,” said Bryan Hannon, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network government relations director. “ACS CAN thanks lawmakers for prioritizing the health of Hoosiers by eliminating cost sharing for all preventive colorectal cancer screenings for most private insurance plans.”

An estimated 3,290 Hoosier were diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year and 1,160 Hoosiers will die from the disease.

ACS CAN expressed appreciation to Sens. Bohacek and Zay and Reps. Lehman and Carbaugh for their leadership on this legislation, which was passed March 8.

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