Northern California Stollman HeadshotOn behalf of the College, ACG Governors for California endorsed a bill introduced by CA State Assemblyman Mike A. Gipson, “Health Care Coverage: Colorectal Cancer Screening and Testing” (bill number: AB 1763). This legislation, which eliminates financial and structural barriers to lifesaving colorectal screenings, shares the goal of the SCREEN Act and the College’s advocacy efforts before the U.S. Congress. The bill removes financial barriers throughout the “screening continuum,” so that cost-sharing would not apply, whether the colonoscopy was a preventive test or as the result of a positive finding on another screening modality. The state legislature in Oregon recently passed a similar bill.

ACG members in CA: Please click here to contact Assemblyman Gipson to express your support for AB 1763.

The SCREEN Act (S. 1079; HR 2035) also reverses recent cuts to colonoscopy in Medicare. Please click here to express your support for the SCREEN Act.

Neil H. Stollman, MD FACG
ACG Governor, Northern California