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H.R. 1070 (113th): Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2013

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 12, 2013 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

H. R. 1070


March 12, 2013

(for himself, Mr. Courtney, Mr. Fitzpatrick, and Mr. Payne) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to waive coinsurance under Medicare for colorectal cancer screening tests, regardless of whether therapeutic intervention is required during the screening.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2013 .



Congress finds the following:


Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the United States, killing more non-smokers than any other cancer.


Every year, more than 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 50,000 Americans will die from it.


Colorectal cancer screening colonoscopy allows for the detection and removal of polyps, or abnormal growths, that could become cancerous, as well as for the early detection of colorectal cancer when treatment can be most effective.


If all precancerous polyps were identified and removed before becoming cancerous, estimates show the number of new colorectal cancer cases could be reduced by 76 to 90 percent and deaths could be reduced by 70 to 90 percent.


Although colorectal cancer is largely preventable, one in three adults between the ages of 50 and 75 are not up to date with recommended colorectal cancer screening.


Two-thirds of colorectal cancer cases are diagnosed in patients over the age of 65.


Colorectal cancer screening colonoscopy is a highly effective preventive service, and removing financial barriers can help to increase rates of screening.


Waiving Medicare coinsurance for colorectal cancer screening tests


In general

Section 1833(a)(1)(Y) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395l(a)(1)(Y)) is amended by inserting , including a colorectal cancer screening test (regardless of the code that is billed for the establishment of a diagnosis as a result of the test, or for the removal of tissue or other procedure that is furnished in connection with, as a result of, and in the same clinical encounter as the screening test), after section 1861(ddd)(3) .


Effective date

The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply to items and services furnished after the date of the enactment of this Act.