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  • 1. 2012 Call-on Congress Brief Overview of Legislative Agenda
  • 2. Legislative Goals
    • Fund Colorectal Cancer Research
    • Fund Colorectal Cancer Prevention Efforts
    • Increase Access to Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • 3. Legislative Priorities
    • Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Colonoscopy
      • Correct oversight in current law that requires Medicare beneficiaries to pay coinsurance when their colorectal cancer screening colonoscopy also involves the removal of polyps or other tissue.
      • The liability of coinsurance serves as a disincentive to colorectal cancer screening colonoscopy. Removing this barrier will increase access and improve rates of screening.
  • 4. Legislative Priorities
    • Funding for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP).
      • Increase funding for the CDC CRCCP in fiscal year 2013 so the program can be expanded nationally.
      • CRCCP provides federal dollars to state colorectal cancer screening programs.
      • Majority of funds are used for education and awareness. Funds can also be used for screening.
  • 5. Legislative Priorities
    • Funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP)
      • Increase funding for the DoD PRCRP in fiscal year 2013.
      • Program funds research for colorectal cancer.
      • Grant awards tend to be for high-risk/high-reward, innovative research.
      • Research must be for designated cancers relevant to service members.
  • 6. Legislative Priorities
    • Funding for the National Cancer Institute (NCI)
      • Increase funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and NCI in fiscal year 2013.
      • NCI funds important colorectal cancer research, including clinical trials.
      • NIH funding is at risk of flat or decreased funding.
  • 7. Legislative Priorities
    • H.R. 893 - Fight Colorectal Cancer Stamp Act
      • Authorizes USPS to issue a semipostal, or fundraising, colorectal cancer stamp.
      • Funds raised will supplement, not supplant, federal funding for colorectal cancer research and prevention.
      • Alternative funding sources are important in the current difficult budget environment.