Colorectal Cancer Testing Bill

Wednesday, July 18th 2007, 7:56 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Oklahoma Congressman Dan Boren is co-sponsoring a bill to require private insurance companies to pay for testing for colorectal cancer. Boren says 21 states and the District of Columbia already require the coverage and Congress also requires the coverage for Medicare recipients.

Oklahoma is not one of the states, which requires the coverage.

Boren's mother died from colon cancer and he says early detection leads to a 90% survival rate and would save money that would otherwise be spent on treatment.

Boren says he plans to introduce the bill with Congressman Ralph Hall of Texas.