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EIF’s National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA) is dedicated to the eradication of colorectal cancer by promoting the importance of early medical screening and funding research to develop better tests, treatments, and ultimately a cure. The initiative was co-founded in March of 2000 by Katie Couric, Lilly Tartikoff, and EIF. Click here to make a donation.
When EIF’s National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance and a coalition of groups began to issue the Colorectal Cancer Legislation Report Card almost a decade ago, 18 states had passed legislation requiring healthcare providers to cover the cost of colon cancer screening. Today, 30 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws. This is a remarkable shift, and the CRC Report Card was certainly an important tool in facilitating that progress. More people were screened, and, in turn, lives were saved. We are grateful to all of our collaborators on this project.
With the evolution of the legislative landscape, there’s little likelihood of changes – either positive or negative – in these mandates at the state level for the foreseeable future. So for now, we will not update the Report Card.
Thank you for your interest in and help with the fight against colon cancer.
EIF’s National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance teamed up with a coalition of cancer prevention and medical organizations, including the American Cancer Society, American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and others, to issue an annual colorectal cancer report card that provides consumers with a quick snapshot of whether their states require insurers to cover the cost of screening. Now entering its ninth 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.
View the 2012 CRC Legislation Report Card Press Release.
When the Report Card Initiative began in 2004, 18 states had passed screening legislation. As of 2012, 30 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation. Recent data from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) attributed increasing colorectal cancer screening rates in part to state laws requiring private insurers to cover screenings.
Live in a state that doesn't make the grade? Write to your legislator and encourage the passage of a life-saving law. Click HERE to find contact info for your legislator and we've included a sample letter in the tool kit below.
The federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) will require insurance to cover colorectal screening tests for men and women between the ages of 50 and 75, but if you are younger than 50 and live in a D or an F state, your insurance company may require a significant co-pay for colorectal cancer screening tests, or provide no coverage at all. Even with a family history, or a history of GI problems. Click the map above and find out where your state stands, and get more information on the ACA, what's covered and what's not, by clicking HERE.
Launched in 2004, the Colorectal Cancer Legislation Report Card initiative is supported by a coalition that includes American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the Cancer Support Community, C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition, Colon Cancer Alliance, Hadassah, Prevent Cancer Foundation, The Colon Club, The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health, and the Entertainment Industry Foundation's National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (EIF's NCCRA). Learn more about all of the Coalition organizations.
We've created a tool kit to help you get involved. Inside the tool kit you’ll find:
- 2012 Colorectal Cancer Legislation Report Card (.pdf file)
- Draft letter to F state legislators if your state didn't make the grade
- Draft letter to newspaper and magazine editors to raise awareness of your state's shortfall in colorectal cancer legislation
- Web banners (.zip file) announcing the 2012 report card
- Federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) Q&A - Am I Covered?