Starting Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, preventive care provisions in the new health care reform law could save some insured patients up to $1,000 in deductible payments for colonoscopies and other treatments.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurers that change their plans on or after Sept. 23 must provide free colonoscopies – meaning insurance companies will not be allowed to charge a deductible, co-pay or co-insurance for preventive services.
Free preventive care is an exciting step in the fight against colon cancer.
Colonoscopies will not be free under everyone’s insurance plans right away. This provision only goes into effect when employer-provided or individually-purchased health insurance plans are changed, not simply renewed.
In order to help prevent colon cancer, please inform your patients who currently can’t afford their colonoscopy need to call their health insurer to see if this new provision affects them.
Medicare patients will be able to receive free colonoscopies in January 2011.