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Date:2/14/2008

ce policies (either paid for or earned through employment benefits) should provide the same level of coverage as when it began. Aetna should not "bait and switch" its members in the middle of their coverage. Doing so, only forces consumers to accept lesser coverage-one that clearly promotes substandard care. Clearly, Aetna received approval from state insurance departments and other state regulatory agencies to offer health insurance coverage to the public. We fear and expect a consumer fraud and healthcare crisis will be perpetrated on Americans across the country, if Aetna's policy is implemented."

Background on Propofol and Cancer

Colon and rectal cancers trail only lung and prostate cancer as the number one cause of cancer death among Americans, according to the Federal Centers for Disease Control. This year an estimated 147,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 56,500 will die from this disease, with an approximate 1-in-18-lifetime probability of developing colorectal cancer. Currently, only 37 percent of cases are diagnosed when the disease is still localized.

Despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of Americans are diagnosed with colon and rectal cancer each year, Aetna unsuccessfully attempted to change its policy on paying for certain anesthesia in May 2006. Immediately after, Propofol was accepted by Aetna as a recognized "gold standard" and the proper and best anesthetic to use for endoscopic procedures. And now, while other insurers continue to cover the use of Propofol, Aetna seeks to place its corporate interests ahead of its 16.6 million members.

The GA Alliance includes the New York Count Medical Society, New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, New Jersey State Society of Anesthesiologists, New Jersey Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Society and the Georgia Gastroenterology Society, as well as individual physicians practicing gastroenterology and anesthesiology from across the country. They
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