More Than 90 Organizations Advocate for Federal Policy Clarifications to Improve CRC Screening Access

Today, ASGE, along with ACG, AGA, and Fight CRC, were joined by 90 medical societies and patient advocacy organizations in  pushing three federal agencies for improved access to life-saving colorectal cancer screenings.

Specifically, the letter called for the Departments of Health & Human Services, Labor, and Treasury to issue policy clarifications that ensure surveillance colonoscopies are covered as a preventive service under the Affordable Care Act. This change is consistent with Medicare coverage policy and we believe it would also follow US Preventive Services Task Force guidelines. 

You can help! Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) is  urging colleagues to join her on a letter to HHS Secretary Becerra, urging the agency to make these policy clarifications. Please encourage your lawmaker to support this initiative. 

Patient impact 

Although surveillance colonoscopy is part of the screening continuum, many private insurers classify them as diagnostic procedures, in appropriately subjecting higher-risk patients to additional cost-sharing. 

It is imperative that we have in place policies that foster the screening continuum and reduce barriers to preventive care, like cost-sharing. We are hopeful the Biden Administration will heed this call to action. 


About Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures allow the gastroenterologist to visually inspect the upper gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach and duodenum) and the lower bowel (colon and rectum) through an endoscope, a thin, flexible device with a lighted end and a powerful lens system. Endoscopy has been a major advance in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. For example, the use of endoscopes allows the detection of ulcers, cancers, polyps and sites of internal bleeding. Through endoscopy, tissue samples (biopsies) may be obtained, areas of blockage can be opened and active bleeding can be stopped. Polyps in the colon can be removed, which has been shown to prevent colon cancer.

About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with almost 16,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit and for more information and to find a qualified doctor in your area.


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