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February 11, 2014
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) determines which preventive health services (screenings, vaccinations, etc.) will be covered by Medicare for eligible adults 65 and older, younger adults with disabilities and persons receiving dialysis for late stage kidney disease. Unlike most private health plans, CMS is not required to cover new preventive services that receive an A or B rating from the US Preventive Services Task Force. Instead, CMS bases its coverage decision on these USPSTF recommendations and evidence that a new preventive service is reasonable and appropriate for the Medicare population.
CMS can begin a review of coverage for a new preventive health service either on its own or at the request of a stakeholder group. Lung Cancer Alliance requested CMS begin such a review for lung cancer screening. In response, on February 10, CMS initiated a National Coverage Analysis (NCA). NCA’s can take up to a year to complete.
You can help this process and make screening coverage a reality. Share your experiences and tell CMS why you think lung cancer screening should be covered. Deadline for submitting comments is March 12, 2014. You can submit your comments by clicking on the link below. You can also read comments from other stakeholders and advocates by clicking on the same link and scrolling to the bottom of the page. Remember, your comments will be posted publicly too, so please do not include personal health information.