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March 22, 2006
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Read the first time March 15, 2006.
To whom was referred a Concurrent Resolution (H. 4827) to encourage private health insurance companies and employers to include insurance coverage for the screening and detection of colorectal cancer, and to encourage, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:
ROBERT W. LEACH, SR. for Committee.
TO ENCOURAGE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES AND EMPLOYERS TO INCLUDE INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR THE SCREENING AND DETECTION OF COLORECTAL CANCER, AND TO ENCOURAGE ALL CITIZENS OF SOUTH CAROLINA TO BECOME BETTER EDUCATED ABOUT THE HEALTH BENEFITS AND HEALTH CARE COST BENEFITS OF EARLY CANCER DETECTION THROUGH COLORECTAL SCREENING.
Whereas, colorectal cancer, which is diagnosed in over 145,000 Americans annually, is the third leading cause of cancer death in men and women; and
Whereas, early detection testing for colorectal cancer has been definitely proven to consistently lower disease specific mortality, yet most Americans have not been screened for colorectal cancer; and
Whereas, early detection testing for colorectal cancer is arguably the most powerful, underused lifesaving examination available in the United States; and
Whereas, colorectal screening helps prevent colon cancer through early detection of polyps before they progress into cancer; and
Whereas, screening for colorectal cancer facilitates early detection, which extends many lives, reduces treatment costs, and improves the quality of life for cancer patients; and
Whereas, members of the General Assembly encourage employers within the State of South Carolina to become better educated about the benefits of regular colorectal cancer screening and to provide insurance coverage for annual screening for middle-aged and older employees. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly encourage private health insurance companies and employers to include insurance coverage for the screening and detection of colorectal cancer, and to encourage all citizens of South Carolina to become better educated about the health benefits and health care cost benefits of early cancer detection through colorectal screening.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the South Carolina Department of Insurance.
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