Contact: Andrea Uhde Shepherd
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.