Call to Action

Urge Your Senators to Support the Removing Barriers to CRC Screening Act

On July 17, patients and physicians wne to Capitol Hill urging members of Congress to support the Removing Barriers to Collorectal Cancer Screening Act (S. 2348/H.R. 1070). This legislation would eliminate the coinsurance Medicare beneficiaries are required to pay when a polyp is removed during a screening colonoscopy.

Screening colonoscopy is covered under Medicare without beneficiary cost sharing, but if a polyp is removed during the screening, the patient is required to pay a coinsurance. This policy is unfair and confusing to patients and deters screening.

Join advocates on the Hill and contact your senators and representatives today and ask them to cosponsor the "Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act," (s. 2348/H.R. 1070).

Contact your senators and representatives today and ask them to cosponsor the "Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act.

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Legislative Activities

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SGNA Policy Statements:

SGNA Guideline: Understanding and Influencing the Legislative Process

Below you can access Web sites that direct you to a list of elected officials for your local congressman and both your Senate and House representatives. You can contact them by e-mail, phone, fax or mail. You can also search by Number or Keyword for a particular bill or print mailing labels directly from this site.

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CapWiz e-Advocacy tool offers access to current legislative updates, Action Alerts and other resources. Access to this tool is through a partnership with ASGE.

THOMAS offers online legislative, congressional, committee and agency updates, activities and information.

Our Partner Organizations

Digestive Disease National Coalition (DDNC):

The DDNC is an advocacy organization comprised of the major national voluntary and professional societies concerned with digestive diseases. The DDNC focuses on improving public policy related to digestive diseases and increasing public awareness with respect to the many diseases of the digestive system. The DDNC was founded in 1978 and is based in Washington DC. They work cooperatively to improve access to and the quality of digestive healthcare in order to promote the best possible medical outcome, and quality of life for current and future patients with digestive diseases.

The DDNC holds an annual event, the Public Policy Forum, in March. In an effort to increase SGNA representation at the Public Policy Forum, SGNA has made scholarships available to cover travel and housing costs for attending the forum. Any Individual interested in applying for this scholarship must complete the brief application and return it to SGNA Headquarters by February 1.

National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT):

The NCCRT is a national coalition committed to reducing colorectal cancer incidence and mortality through coordinated leadership, strategic planning and advocacy.

Prevent Colorectal Cancer:

Prevent Colorectal cancer offers various links to other Web sites dedicated to the dissemination of information for patients and professionals regarding colorectal cancer.

Esophageal Cancer Action Network (ECAN):

 To effectively fight this disease, ECAN is bringing together a community of individuals and groups who are concerned about the rapid increase in Esophageal Cancer cases and want to support the campaign for public awareness and the creation of more effective tools to detect and treat the disease.

Pancreative Cancer Action Network (PANCAN):

PANCAN offers various information on pancreative cancer for patients and professionals.


Find Additional Resources from these Groups

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): contains a variety of information on topics relating to gastroenterology, endoscopy, hepatitis, colon cancer, as well as information in Spanish and English.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH): offers links to databases, research studies, drug information and the National Library of Medicine. Find out Regulatory Guidance and Legislation, as well as newly approved FDA drugs through their Center for Drug Evaluation and Research section.

The American Nurses Association (ANA): offers various information including the "Nursing's Agenda for the Future," which addresses the growing shortage of nurses.