GAO: Most Private Health Plans Cover Colorectal Screening
Even in states without colorectal cancer screening coverage requirements, most private health plans provide coverage for colorectal screening tests.
The U.S. General Accountability Office has published figures supporting that conclusion in a report on an informal study of colorectal screening coverage practices.
Cancer of the colon and rectum will kill almost 57,000 U.S. residents this year, Kathryn Allen, a GAO health care director, writes in the report, which was prepared at the request of Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.
Doctors say most people over age 50 should receive regular colorectal screening procedures, but fewer than half of U.S. residents in that age group who were surveyed in 2002 said they had ever received any colorectal cancer screening services, Allen writes.