Did You Know?

Some things in life ARE free. Now your Screening Colonoscopy could be too!

Colorectal cancer is extremely preventable if polyps that lead to the cancer are detected and removed, and it is very curable if the cancer is detected in its early stages. Prevention is essential. A screening or wellness visit can mean life or death.

If you or someone you know has been postponing their screening due to financial circumstances, now is the time to reconsider. If you are age 50 or older and have commercial insurance coverage, your preventative care visits including screening colonoscopy could be free to you.

What you should know:

  • As part of healthcare reform, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires all healthcare insurance plans to begin covering preventative services without any cost sharing for patients. Some plans are exempt from the waiver, and therefore it is important to verify your benefits in advance.
  • Talk to your doctor to determine if your colonoscopy would be screening or diagnostic, as a diagnostic colonoscopy is not considered preventative.
  • Prior to receiving services, call you insurance company to confirm that you are covered, and that they are covering your screening colonoscopy without any cost sharing.
  • Screening colonoscopies are covered under PPACA. However, not all services considered to be preventative are covered in the law, so it’s important to contact your carrier prior to receiving services to determine if you will have any financial responsibility.
  • Some plans consider a patient with a personal history, and sometimes a family history, to be a diagnostic procedure instead of a screening, and therefore may not waive the patient financial responsibility. Check with your payer to find out about your benefits.
  • If your provider is out-of-network, the insurance carrier does not have to follow PPACA, and therefore you may have a financial responsibility.

Fruits & Veggies – Having More Matters

Your parents always told you to fill up on fruits and veggies, and for good reason. It doesn’t matter if you choose 100 percent juice or dried, fresh or canned fruits and veggies — each variation has its own set of health benefits.

Digestive Health

A high-fiber diet doesn’t have to be heavy in grains, pasta or cereal; one cup of raspberries has more fiber than one cup of whole-wheat spaghetti. Peas, lentils and beans top the list for high-fiber legumes. As an added bonus, a recent study suggests that a high-fiber diet might lower the risk of developing colon polyps, abnormal growths that can develop into cancer over time.


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