Legislature takes action to reduce the burden of cancer on Hoosiers

INDIANA – Tuesday, elected officials worked to reduce the burden of cancer on Hoosier by passing House Bill 1238, which will eliminate cost-sharing for all preventative colorectal cancer screenings, including follow-up colonoscopies after an abnormal stool-based test for most private insurance plans.

Bryan Hannon

“Colorectal cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death in Indiana, and we know that colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer if Hoosiers have access to screenings,” said Bryan Hannon, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) government relations director. “ACS CAN thanks lawmakers for prioritizing the health of Hoosiers by eliminating cost-sharing for all preventive colorectal cancer screenings for most private insurance plans.”

An estimated 3,290 Hoosier were diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year and 1,160 Hoosiers will die from the disease. Thanks to improving access to critical care, we will see these numbers drop in the years to come. 

ACS CAN thanks Senators Bohacek and Zay and Representatives Lehman and Carbaugh for their leadership on this critical legislation. ACS CAN looks forward to seeing Gov. Eric Holcomb sign this piece of legislation soon.