Sunday, November 15, 2009

Fincher Proposes Insurance Mandate

State representative Henry Fincher of Cookeville is the sponsor of legislation that may force insurance companies to pay for routine cancer screenings. According to the Tennessean newspaper, Fincher and others will propose a law next session that would require insurers to cover colonoscopies and launch a state-funded colorectal screening program similar to Tennessee's breast and cervical cancer screening program. Fincher tells the paper, "I think this is a logical, modest step where we can save a bunch of lives for a little bit of money." The American Medical Association recommends colonoscopies once a decade starting at age 50 or earlier if patients have symptoms or a family history of colorectal cancer - the same guidelines Fincher wants on the state coverage mandate.