Ask Sen. Cantwell to cosponsor legislation to remove financial cancer screening barrier | Letter to the editor

A letter asking Sen. Maria Cantwell to cosponsor the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act this year.

As a cancer survivor, I know the importance of cancer screenings. Thanks to a colonoscopy, which removed two precancerous polyps 15 years ago, I was spared the challenge of fighting colon cancer during or after treatment for my breast cancer.

That’s why I’m passionate about cancer prevention. March is Colorectal Cancer Month — a great time to highlight the importance of lifesaving colorectal cancer screenings. This year, nearly 50,000 Americans will die from colorectal cancer, which is tragic because it’s one of the most preventable cancers if recommended screenings are followed.

As an American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteer, I’m asking Sen. Maria Cantwell to cosponsor the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act this year. This legislation fixes a Medicare glitch for seniors who undergo screening colonoscopies. Medicare covers routine colonoscopies but if a polyp is found and removed during the procedure, patients can wake up to an unexpected bill. This loophole only applies to Medicare and needs to be eliminated.

This March, please join me in asking Sen. Cantwell to cosponsor this legislation to remove an unfair financial barrier preventing many seniors from accessing this lifesaving procedure.

Eunice Hostetter,

Kirkland

More in Letters to the Editor

Family Literacy Night was a huge success | Letter

I am writing today to say how excited I was to read… Continue reading

Global warming and Drive Throughs

Why don’t we hear anything about busy drive througs for coffee, fast food, drug stores and banking?

Private schools are not a solution to mass shootings | Letter

This letter is a response to “Don’t ban guns, ban government schools”.

A modest debate about transparency | Letter to the editor

A Kirkland resident probes Rep. Springer’s support of SB 6617.

Who speaks for me? | Letter to the editor

The Kirkland resident recently attended a town hall meeting.

It’s time to demonstrate that progress is possible | Letter to the editor

A Kirkland resident is concerned about the use of a recent image in an editorial page cartoon.

Most recipients of public eduction don’t become killers | Letter to the editor

A North Bend resident responds to “Don’t ban guns, ban goverment schools.”

Ask Sen. Cantwell to cosponsor legislation to remove financial cancer screening barrier | Letter to the editor

A letter asking Sen. Maria Cantwell to cosponsor the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act this year.

You can’t have a shooting without first having a gun | Letter to the editor

A letter in response to a letter about banning public schools to prevent school shootings.

Totem Lake Bridge is result of many years of public input | Letter to the editor

Recently the Kirkland Reporter published a letter to the editor voicing concern… Continue reading