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Bill to improve insurance coverage for colorectal cancer screenings now law

NEW JERSEY – In an effort to make preventative care more affordable, legislation sponsored by Senator Vin Gopal and Senator Linda Greenstein to eliminate out-of-pocket payments for colorectal cancer screenings was signed into law.

“With the recent progress in treating colorectal cancer, this will provide residents with screenings necessary to detect this disease at an early stage,” said Gopal (D-Monmouth). “This will improve the healthcare system within our State by ensuring costless screenings for all residents regardless of income level.”

The law, formerly S-2305, requires health insurance coverage for colorectal cancer screenings recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force. The law eliminates cost-sharing requirements for colonoscopies performed following a positive result on a non-colonoscopy, colorectal cancer screening test.

“The signing of this law is a critical step toward improving access to standard preventative care—it means more patients will be able to depend on their insurance to cover colonoscopies,’ said Greenstein (D-Mercer/Middlesex). “Regular cancer screenings help save lives. Increasing accessibility to them will bolster low screening rates and help keep New Jerseyans healthy.”

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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