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New Data Reveals That Gaps in Coverage for Those With Private Insurance Are Major Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening
Date:3/6/2009

The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health, and the Entertainment Industry Foundation's National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (EIF's NCCRA).

Now entering its sixth year, the Colorectal Cancer Legislation Report Card initiative continues to make an impact -- galvanizing the most influential organizations in the fight against colon cancer in order to generate crucial awareness of the importance of screening, and to affect the legislative landscape in a long list of states. The Report Card has become an important tool used by advocates at the state level in the effort to enact legislation requiring insurers to cover colon screening. When the Report Card Initiative began in 2004, 18 states had passed screening legislation. As of 2009, 29 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation.

"We are thrilled to have more A states than F states for the first time ever," said Lisa Paulsen, CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. "But, as our new survey data reinforces, there are still gaps in insurance coverage for colon cancer screening in a number of states that can have serious consequences. And that's true even for people with private health insurance. This is a tremendously important part of moving colorectal cancer off the list of major cancer killers."

Harris Interactive Survey Methodology

Harris Interactive(R) fielded the study on behalf of EIF from January 30 - February 3, 2009 via its QuickQuery(SM) online omnibus service, interviewing a nationwide sample of 2,241 U.S. adults aged 18 years and older, of which 1,502 had private health insurance, and 538 were aged 50 and older and had private health insurance. Data were weighted using propensity score weighting to be representative of the total U.S. adult population on the basis of region, age within gender, education, household income, race/ethnicity, and propensity to be online. No estimates of theoretical sampl
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