Feds Tell Insurers To Pay For Anesthesia During Screening Colonoscopies

The administration told insurers that they have to pay for anesthesia during screening colonoscopies for cancer.i

The administration told insurers that they have to pay for anesthesia during screening colonoscopies for cancer.

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The administration told insurers that they have to pay for anesthesia during screening colonoscopies for cancer.

The administration told insurers that they have to pay for anesthesia during screening colonoscopies for cancer.

Don Ryan/AP

Earlier this week the federal government clarified that insurers can’t charge people for anesthesia administered during a free colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancer.

That’s welcome news for consumers, some of whom have been charged hundreds of dollars for anesthesia after undergoing what they thought would be a free test. But the government guidance leaves important questions unanswered.

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/05/15/406969802/feds-tell-insurers-to-pay-for-anesthesia-during-screening-colonoscopies?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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