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I was under the impression that there is a new federal law mandating insurance companies to pay 100 percent of certain preventive colorectal screenings such as colonoscopies. Is that correct?

Linda Sheppard, of the Kansas Insurance Department, said insurer coverage for colonoscopy screening, under the Affordable Care Act, went into effect Sept. 23. She said insurers are required to cover the entire cost of this preventive procedure for their policyholders. But, check with your insurance company or agent to see whether there are in-network/out-of-network regulations that might apply. Also, you need to find out if your insurance company will pay for any polyp removal during that procedure. For more information, contact the Kansas Insurance Department at 800-432-2484 or visit its website at ksinsurance.org.

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