House Committee Passes Colon Cancer Screening Bill

C2P2_logo_BW Contact: Andrea Uhde Shepherd

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ashepherd@c2p2ky.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan. 12, 2012

FRANKFORT, KY – A bill that would allow thousands of uninsured Kentuckians to be screened for colon cancer today won the approval of the House Health & Welfare Committee.

The committee unanimously passed the bill, which would fund the Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Program, a program the legislature enacted in 2008 but has not yet funded

Rep. Jim Glenn (D-Owensboro) and Rep. Bob DeWeese (R-Louisville) are sponsoring HB 275, and it is expected to move next to the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee for a vote.

The bill would appropriate $8 million over the next two fiscal years for the Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Program. It would allot $3 million next fiscal year and $5 million the following year to cover screening for uninsured residents ages 50 to 64 and others determined to be at high risk for colon cancer. The program will also educate all Kentuckians on the importance of screening.

Colon cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among both male and female non-smokers in the United States, despite the fact that colon cancer deaths are highly preventable. Finding and removing pre-cancerous polyps prevents colon cancer.

For more information on colon cancer, visit www.coloncancerpreventionproject.org.

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Can you say, "win-win!"?

Community Health Charities

I'm very excited today to announce that the Colon Cancer Prevention Project is now a member of Community Health Charities of Kentucky, a group that joins caring people who want to give regularly through their paycheck with trustworthy charities. We are one of the charities selected to be on the list of workplace donation choices for employees who give through Community Health Charities!

What this means, is this: If you work at a business that has a workplace giving program called Community Health Charities, you are now able to sign up through CHC to give directly out of your paycheck to the Project!

What a wonderful way to support this life-saving program! And it's completely trouble-free - CHC does all the work for you.

Can you say, "win-win!"?

For more information on Community Health Charities, visit http://kentucky.healthcharities.org/.

---Andrea Uhde Shepherd

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