Report: Consumers May Be Getting Charged For Free Colorectal Cancer Screenings

3:35 PM, Sep 19, 2012   |    comments
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GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA) -- Not all consumers are receiving free colorectal cancer screenings as required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Kaiser Family Foundation reported.

According to the report, consumers may face cost sharing depending on the provider, insurance that administers plan and the state the person lives in. The study came about after several consumer complaints of unexpected colonoscopy bills, the foundation stated.

The report, Title, states that these unwarranted charges occur when the health care provider codes the procedure as a diagnostic instead of a preventative. The Kaiser Family Foundation says "additional clarification from the federal government could reduce coverage inconsistencies."

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