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 and 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.
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 that recommend people at average risk of colorectal cancer start regular screening at age 45. This May, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released an update to their colorectal cancer screening guidelines, lowering the screening age to 45 to align with the ACS 2018 guidelines.
If approved by the NYS senate, the financial barriers and out-of-pocket costs associated with preventive screening for the lower and recommended age of 45 will be reduced.