Senators take aim at surprise billing for colorectal cancer screenings

U.S. senators are banding together to protect seniors from surprise billing after a preventative colonoscopy, according to an Associated Press report published by The Washington Post.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is introducing federal legislation to address the issue, with support from Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., according to the report.

The senators argue older Americans face undue out-of-pocket charges for preventive colonoscopies when a polyp is detected and removed during screening, according to the report. They contend this should not occur because Medicare promotes full coverage for preventative colorectal cancer screenings, the report states.

 

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