We are excited to share some important news in the GI Landscape. On Wednesday, June 9th, the Colorectal Cancer Screening Bill A.2085 (Dinowitz) passed the NYS Assembly unanimously. The bill has now been referred to NYS Senate Rules for consideration.
Partnering with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, PE GI Solutions‘ advocacy team successfully built a broad coalition in support of this important piece of legislation that is the Colorectal Cancer Screening Bill.
According to statistics published by the American Cancer Society (ACS), an estimated 8,920 New York residents will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year and approximately 2,820 New Yorkers will lose their battle to colorectal cancer. In May 2018, the ACS released new colorectal cancer screening guidelines. These guidelines recommend people at average risk of colorectal cancer start regular screening at age 45. May 2021 saw the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) update their colorectal cancer screening guidelines. These changes matched ACS’2018 updates, lowering the screening age to 45.
If approved by the NYS senate, the out-of-pocket costs for those of the new recommended age will be reduced.